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

The BCS’ annual Digital Leaders survey gives a snapshot of what senior IT people are looking forward to over the next 12 months and the longer term period of three to five 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 found that information security (60 per cent), cloud computing (55 per cent) and mobile computing, including BYOD (53 per cent), 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.

Most, 92 per cent 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 per cent) indicated that they need enhanced IT skills among their existing workforce, and an equal number (53 per cent) require additional IT staff that are suitably qualified, only 8 per cent said they had enough resources.

Looking to the next three to five years; the survey suggests that the priorities for organisations are information security (54 per cent), big data (42 per cent) and cloud computing (40 per cent). The survey was carried out online by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT. A total of 346 responses were received during the period November 25 to December 16, 2014. Visit


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