Why IT Security Will Remain a Top Priority in 2017

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 01-20-2017 Email

A significant number of CIOs, along with other C-suite executives and managers, reported that their technology budget will see major increases this year, according to a recent survey from Mondo. The accompanying "2017 Tech Trends and Talent" report indicates that cyber-security is at the top of all IT spending priorities, and most companies plan to increase investments to protect their network and data. In fact, noteworthy shares of the survey respondents admitted that their network isn't as secure as it needs to be. All of which should translate into more internal training and external hiring to boost capabilities. "The demand for cyber-security professionals in 2017 will continue to surge, and we are seeing that the most valuable security skills are for intrusion detection, secure software development and attack mitigation," said Gianna Scorsone, vice president of marketing and sales operations for Mondo. "The massive cyber-security talent gap poses a significant problem to hiring for these needs and skills. While companies prefer to hire in-house, they often can't find the qualified talent they need and may turn to outsourcing in 2017." The report also lends insights into trends affecting enterprise software acquisition and artificial intelligence (AI) deployment, and we've included those here. More than 7,000 C-level executives and managers took part in the research.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.


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