CIOs reveal their worst nightmares
Of all the workplace issues keeping CIOs up at night, three in particular are worrisome for IT executives: security, downtime and talent acquisition, according to a December 2014 study of 276 U.S. CIOs and executive IT professionals commissioned by Sungard Availability Services (Sungard AS).
Security Threats Put Businesses at Risk
Due to the increasing frequency and complexity of cyber attacks, security ranks highest among IT concerns for CIOs. More than half of survey respondents — 51 percent — believe security planning should be the last item to receive budget cuts in 2015, according to survey results.
While external security threats are top of mind for IT professionals, internal threats are often the root cause of security disasters. Nearly two-thirds, or 62 percent of the survey respondents cited leaving mobile phones or laptops in vulnerable places as their chief security concern, followed by password sharing (59 percent). These internal security challenges created by employees led 60 percent of respondents to note that in 2015 they would enforce stricter security policies for employees.