Security, Network Performance Among Top IT Concerns
The top challenges for IT teams in the year ahead include security, network and application performance and monitoring and new technology.More than half of IT pros that indicated security issues were their top concern specified breaches, malware, vulnerabilities and zero day attacks as their biggest challenge, according to a survey by Ipswitch. The 2,685 IT professionals polled indicated that the top challenges for IT teams in the year ahead include security (25 percent), network and application performance and monitoring (19 percent) and new technology (14 percent). New technology, updates and deployment (14 percent), time, budget and resource constraints (10 percent) and business issues (7 percent) were also major concerns for those surveyed. "The most pressing concern from IT pros is dealing with new technology. While it holds a lot of promise, there is complexity in learning how to deploy and use new technology and keep it current," Jeff Loeb, chief marketing officers at Ipswitch, told eWEEK. "The overall technology stack gets more complicated, not less, every time something is added to it. Tied to this is the management of end user devices. As an example, wearable devices have reached the 50 percent penetration plateau in most organizations, but only one in three companies have a policy in place to deal with these devices. That’s an invitation for network chaos."
Security will undeniably be a top priority for the foreseeable future as more complexity within IT environments creates more vulnerability and weakness, which is why vendors need to create technology that is simple to use in order to remove complexity and reduce risk, Loeb explained.