What keeps digital leaders awake at night?

5 January 2015

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

The Institute’s annual Digital Leaders survey gives a snapshot of what senior IT professionals are looking forward to over the next 12 months and the longer term period of 3-5 years.

Adam Thilthorpe, Director of Professionalism for the Institute says: “It’s quite clear that security, of almost every shape and size, is the main thing keeping IT professionals awake at night. This is no surprise; 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.”

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.

92% of digital leaders feel that their organisation does 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%) indicated that they need enhanced IT skills among their existing workforce, and an equal number (53%) require additional IT staff that are suitably qualified, only 8% said they had enough resources.

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

The survey was carried out online by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT. A total of 346 responses were received during the period 25 November to 16 December 2014.

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