Security Focus Trends Upward for IT Departments

Sue Marquette Poremba
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TEKsystems, a company that provides IT staffing and services, recently did a study that essentially took the temperature of IT departments – what they think trends are, where budgets are focusing dollars and the like. One of the areas the survey focused on was security.

Most of the predictions and trend reports I see are from security experts. While I think these predictions are essential for anyone in charge of enterprise network security – it really does help to have an idea of what threats to protect against – it is good to hear about security concerns and predictions from the IT point of view.

What TEKsystems discovered is that security is a rising concern for IT departments. When asked, “Which of the following trends or technology will have the biggest impact on your organization in 2014,” big data came in first, but security moved from third place in 2013 to second place in 2014. Mobile computing also moved up a spot, from fourth to third. It is fitting that security and mobile move together because the two issues are so intertwined. An IT department can’t have a good mobile policy without having a solid security plan built into it.

IT departments also expect to spend on security in 2014. As the IT Industry Forecast survey stated:

As new security threats emerge daily, organizations must continue to focus on information security initiatives in order to protect sensitive data.

That increased security spending should be good news for staff in charge of security for their organization. The survey also found that 65 percent of IT leaders expect security-related salaries to increase this year, up from 40 percent from last year.

I’m sure that at many companies, security has been a priority for a while. But I like how this survey shows security is trending upward in all areas. A couple of weeks ago, I pointed out that it is necessary for organizations to re-evaluate their security efforts regularly because threats are constantly evolving. A security plan that was perfect for the company two years ago is more than likely ineffective today. But it is difficult to make sure you have the right security plan in place without the budget or the IT department’s full support. For this reason, the TEKsystem’s survey bodes well for the future.

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Dec 11, 2013 8:22 AM MK MK  says:
Great to see some information from the IT side. It is no surprise that security is a rising issues for IT departments, but we always hear from the security people about the issue - the ones that stand to make a profit on the threats. The ones that stand to lose are the IT departments, and therefore it is no shock they are concerned. Strange though that big data is a bigger concern??? Reply
Dec 16, 2013 3:00 PM Michelle Michelle  says: in response to MK
MK, it may seem shocking that organizations expect Big Data to have a greater impact on IT than security. However, I think it is important to note that Big Data is still considered a new and emerging trend and technology, and therefore organizations are not as prepared to handle this; implementing it will have a greater impact on an organization—new tools, resources, and roles will be needed to ensure that data is collected and interpreted properly and efficiently. Organizations will need to deal with all of these challenges. Security is an ongoing issue, and while it is something that will likely always be at the top of the list of areas that impact IT greatly, organizations already have protocols and systems in place to monitor security, which makes it easier to handle. This may be a factor as to why security falls lower than Big Data. –Michelle, Research Analyst at TEKsystems Reply

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