At a time when security issues are piling up, IT guys all over the world are struggling to keep up. A global study of more than 1,200 IT professionals in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, found that at least one in five enterprises experienced a security breach.
Keeping this in mind, here are some of the issues that worry IT professionals the most:
Unregulated BYOD Programs
In recent years IT professionals have felt pressure from upper management and lateral departments alike to jump on-board with the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) trend. While this trend has its advantages, the idea of wrangling dozens (or in some cases, hundreds or thousands) of employee-owned devices is a daunting idea.
Some argue that these BYOD programs are cost effective because the initial cost of mobile devices rests on each employee, rather than the company. In many cases it does save the company money, but many times it brings with it added security risks.
Any situation in which company programs, software, and files are accessed off-site poses security threats to IT professionals. When Juniper Networks revealed the findings of its Trusted Mobility Index in May of 2012, it revealed some real concerns reported by IT professionals. According to the report, 41 percent of IT professionals worry about security breaches as a result of stolen devices, and 32 percent were nervous that employees would introduce malware to the company’s network.
Looking at those numbers, it’s no wonder that BYOD program gives your IT guy the willies.
Cloud Security Breaches
According to a survey by Intel, IT professionals are mostly troubled by the overall threat of public and private cloud usage. A total of 87 percent of professionals surveyed reported being concerned with the level of security involved with the implementation of these programs.
Concerned about their lack of control when it comes to private cloud-based storage security. The survey questioned 800 IT pros from four countries, including China, Germany, The U.K. and the U.S., and their chief concern was lack of access controls, with 63 percent reporting it in their top three concerns about the new storage option.
That same survey suggested that inadequate firewalls are another main concern for IT pros regarding cloud security. When the control over the security is transferred away from IT professionals, they tense up in anticipation of disaster.
Workload Automation/Job Scheduling
With the constant advancement of technology and changes in the way work is completed, IT technology the IT field has grown into a complex network of servers, multiple locations, new software, and ever-changing physical technology. It’s now more important than ever for IT staff to be able to respond to issues across multiple platforms. They need to have enterprise-wide access into every nook and cranny of the company’s technological landscape.
Many companies today have a tough time keeping up with all of the changes going on in the fact-paced field of information technology, and IT staff often lags behind as well. As an answer to this concern, companies like ORSYP have developed quality workload automation programs that are designed specifically to simplify the workload of IT professionals.
Further development of programs like these should lead to a more graceful ageing process for our IT professionals — there won’t be any need to lose sleep over managing their workload anymore.
Social Media and General Internet Usage
Generally speaking, IT professionals worry about social media usage company-wide as an overall security threat. The very nature of social media sharing opens it up to a multitude of privacy and security issues. “Chances are, your IT guy braces himself after the workday is done, and waiting for a bomb to drop that social media or general internet usage has opened up a security risk to the company”, Volas G from eShine Marketing, added.
With protecting their company’s privacy and business information, managing malware, spyware, viruses, and maintaining technology and software, the IT guy has a lot on his plate.