Today Microsoft released findings from a survey of 1200+ IT professionals in the US, UK, Germany and Japan. Some of the top findings about their opinions on IT in a recession, priorities and where they are investing are here. Among the most interesting results are related to security, such as:
· IT pros cite security as the number one challenge in managing infrastructure (above some other big challenges, such as uptime, resource utilization, systems management, end-user support, sprawling datacenters and interoperability.)
· Protection of customer and company data is the top security priority, above other activities including security systems management (#2), compliance and governance, identity management and adopting hosted security services.
· A majority of IT pros view security as an enabler of business. More than half think that IT security responsibilities include advancing overall business goals (52%) and increasing end-user productivity (51%)
The Microsoft take? We agree! Security remains too complex and expensive, and it should facilitate business collaboration, empower people and help organizations achieve their goals. That’s why we are taking a different, broader approach with Business Ready Security.
For an example of a company using identity and security solutions to grow in a challenging environment, watch this video about NuStar Energy.
NuStar Energy Tightens Protection by using Business-Ready Security Solutions
For more information, please visit http://www.microsoft.com/infrastructure/resources/itprosurvey.mspx