IT Executives Lack Cyber-Defense Resources

 
 
By Karen A. Frenkel  |  Posted 01-15-2014 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Senior IT executives have neither enough resources to manage IT functions effectively nor to adequately defend against cyber risks, according to a new survey by Consero Group, which offers invitation-only, industry-specific events for senior executives. The results appear in the 2013 Enterprise IT Data Survey compiled by Consero Group in partnership with Avasant, an IT and business transformation and globalization consulting firm. The report focuses on departmental resources and support, cloud computing and other IT priorities, and risks and challenges. "The availability of resources is critical to the mission of the IT department," says Paul Mandell, founder and CEO of Consero. "Given that the surveyed executives have a relatively bleak view of where cyber risk is headed, yet lack sufficient resources to battle those risks, corporate America has good reason to be concerned." The 2013 Enterprise IT Survey is based on the responses of 45 Fortune 1000 senior executive IT officers who attended the Enterprise IT Forum hosted by Consero in November 2013. To see the full report, click here.   

 
 
 
  • IT Executives Lack Cyber-Risk Resources

    62% of senior IT executives say they do not have sufficient resources to defend against cyber risk, according to the Consero survey.
    IT Executives Lack Cyber-Risk Resources
  • A Bleak View of Cyber Risk

    73% expect cyber-risk defense to become more difficult in 2014., 16% believe efforts will become easier., 11% say efforts will become neither easier nor more difficult.
    A Bleak View of Cyber Risk
  • Biggest IT Challenge This Year?

    39% say moving business to the cloud , 34% say ensuring data and privacy protection, 23% say managing BYOD and multiple devices , 4% say maintaining existing data centers and IT service centers
    Biggest IT Challenge This Year?
  • Overall, IT Resources are Improving Slightly

    53% of respondents say the size of their budget increased in 2013 , 27% report no change , 20% say their budget decreased
    Overall, IT Resources are Improving Slightly
  • Assessment of Necessary IT Resources

    44% of respondents say they do not have enough resources to manage IT functions effectively.
    Assessment of Necessary IT Resources
  • Support From Colleagues

    Senior IT executives feel backed by their C-suite, with 82% reporting sufficiently supportive colleagues.
    Support From Colleagues
  • The Cloud Puffs Up

    Although only 7% of survey respondents say more than half of their IT environment is in the cloud, 32% expect most of their infrastructure to exist in the cloud within three years.
    The Cloud Puffs Up
  • The Cloud as a Top Priority

    Given IT executives' projections for the cloud, it is not surprising that 33% of participants named it a top priority.
    The Cloud as a Top Priority
  • Migrating to the Cloud

    "In light of the priority that IT executives are giving to the cloud in the year ahead, and the amount of infrastructure they expect to exist within the cloud over the next few years, we can expect the pace of migration to increase," says Mandell.
    Migrating to the Cloud
 
 
 
 
 
Karen A. Frenkel writes about technology and innovation and lives in New York City.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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