Data security, mobile and cloud top headaches for IT leaders

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7 January 2015 | 0

Security and loss of data, mobile working and the cloud are the top things that keep digital leaders awake at night, according to a survey from the UK Chartered Institute for IT, BCS.

The Institute’s annual Digital Leaders survey among 350 senior UK IT pros gives a snapshot of what organisations are planning for over the next 12 months, and the longer term period of 3-5 years.

The survey revealed that information security (60%), cloud computing (55%) and mobile computing, including BYOD (53%), are the top priorities for many organisations over the next 12 months. More organisations are realising that such technological developments can potentially benefit their business, help increase productivity and ensure business continuity, said the Institute.

But 92% of digital leaders feel their organisations do not have enough resources to address the management issues and IT trends that their company has prioritised. More than half of the digital leaders surveyed (53%) said they needed enhanced IT skills among their existing workforce, and an equal number required additional IT staff that are suitably qualified. Only 8% said they had enough resources.

Looking to the next three to five years, the survey revealed that the priorities for organisations are information security (54%), big data (42%) and cloud computing (40%).

“It’s quite clear that security is the main thing keeping IT professionals awake at night,” said Adam Thilthorpe, director of professionalism, BCS. “This is no longer an IT issue alone, but the most important issue for the board. The reputations of many organisations now rely not only on the traditional elements such as customer service but also increasingly on the way in which they handle and secure their customers’ data.”

 

 

Antony Savvas, IDG News Service

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