Todd.Thibodeaux

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Todd Thibodeaux is the president and chief executive officer of CompTIA, the ICT industry trade association. He is responsible for leading strategy, development and growth efforts for the association.

Before joining CompTIA in July 2008, Thibodeaux spent more than 17 years with the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), where he served in a wide range of roles culminating as its senior vice president of industry relations.

Thibodeaux is a life-long IT and tech enthusiast dating back to his very early years. The son of an electrical and mechanical engineer, Thibodeaux's love of technology continues to this day and he has infused CompTIA with a renewed sense of enthusiasm for the industry the organization represents.

He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington (Bachelor of Science, economics, 1988) and George Mason University (Master’s degree in economics, 1997).

The opinions expressed in this blog are those of Todd Thibodeaux and do not necessarily represent those of IDG Communications, Inc., its parent, subsidiary or affiliated companies.

Articles by Todd.Thibodeaux

Navigating the brave new world of decentralized IT
Building the New IT Workforce

Navigating the brave new world of decentralized IT

With business units hiring their own IT professionals and managing technology independently, organizations should brace for the nuances of navigating decentralized IT resources, compared to traditional IT departments.rn
August 15, 2017
Building the New IT Workforce

Cyber starts with skilled workers

Cyber attacks will continue to become more complex, frequent and destructive. Yet, when discussing cybersecurity, we consistently avoid focusing on the elephant in the room. We do not have enough cybersecurity professionals to help keep us safe in the first place, and more swiftly mitigate the aftermath of these attacks. Our country’s national security is at risk.
July 7, 2017
The state of the industry: the biggest regional tech trends of 2016
Building the New IT Workforce

The state of the industry: the biggest regional tech trends of 2016

It’s become a cliché, but still rings true: 2016 was yet another milestone year for the U.S. tech industry. Employment rose nearly 3 percent. As the tech sector continues to mature, regional differences have become more pronounced, but some industry trends ignore geographic boundaries.
April 19, 2017
3 ways tech companies can stop paying lip service to diversity problems
Building the New IT Workforce

3 ways tech companies can stop paying lip service to diversity problems

Employers that aspire to follow in the footsteps of successful diversity initiatives must commit beyond well-intentioned but ineffectual statements and re-branding campaigns. Truly creating a diverse, inclusive environment requires organizations to step outside of their comfort zones to change their company’s processes and sometimes culture, taking cues from tech firms that have already paved the way.
March 13, 2017
How tech pros can build a professional development roadmap
Building the New IT Workforce

How tech pros can build a professional development roadmap

Many experienced IT professionals know what they need to do to advance their career, but simply lack the resources to do so. Especially for technology workers in small to mid-sized organizations, opportunities to acquire management experience or gain firsthand insight into other businesses’ IT strategies can be limited. Below are a few strategies IT professionals can employ to seek out professional development opportunities.
January 12, 2017
What your CEO needs to know about securing the Internet of Things
Building the New IT Workforce

What your CEO needs to know about securing the Internet of Things

The recent Internet of Things-based DDoS attack on Dyn heralded the beginning of a new era for businesses. For better or for worse, industry experts’ warnings about the need to consider all “endpoints” rather than limiting security efforts to workstations and servers were vindicated.
December 1, 2016
6 steps to creating a culture of security ownership
Building the New IT Workforce

6 steps to creating a culture of security ownership

Contrary to what some business leaders may believe, protecting your organization’s infrastructure and intellectual property doesn’t start with investing in a firewall. It starts with embedding cybersecurity into your company culture. Technology touches all employees within an organization, not just those in the IT department. Security should be no different, with a commitment that permeates from the top on down.
October 31, 2016
How the CMO, CIO and CDO can join forces to drive digital innovation
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How the CMO, CIO and CDO can join forces to drive digital innovation

Chief information officers and other business technology leaders are frequently reminded to break down silos around IT, integrating the department into the firm by partnering with managers and listening more directly to end user feedback. Even so, many firms continue to tolerate siloed decision-making in the C-suite, with effects that closely parallel the challenges commonly seen with isolated IT departments.
October 17, 2016
Fixing the lack of gender diversity in tech starts at the top
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Fixing the lack of gender diversity in tech starts at the top

There is no silver bullet to correcting gender and racial disparities in the tech industry; effective, meaningful change has to begin at the top. This isn’t to say that firms struggling to increase diversity aren’t sincere in their efforts, but it’s time to move beyond a patchwork of diversity initiatives and embrace authentic, continuous outreach, supported by research and communication.
September 30, 2016