Chief Cloud Officer
Chief Cloud Officer

Cloud computing, aka the "hard drive in the sky," is going to cause yet another major shift in the way we work and live. Data will no longer live on individual desktops or laptops; it will be stored on an outside server waiting to be called up on demand.

In the next few years, Carey sees companies creating the new position of chief cloud officer. As more important and private data is stored and shared in the cloud, it will need to be managed, monitored, and protected.

Some CCO responsibilities will overlap with those of a chief information officer, Carey says, but the inevitable growth of the cloud will create the additional need for this executive at any company that wants to keep its information safe.

Last updated June 23 2011: 11:17 AM ET
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