Security slips out of top-5 IT priorities ranking

Security slips out of top-5 IT priorities ranking

Summary: August’s IT priorities data reveals a reshuffling of the most important projects as reported by IT pros.  Security dropped from the fourth position down to six, opening the door for the first time for both Web technology and IT management to secure spots in the top-5 list.

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ITPAugust’s IT priorities data reveals a reshuffling of the most important projects as reported by IT pros.  Security dropped from the fourth position down to six, opening the door for the first time for both Web technology and IT management to secure spots in the top-5 list.

At the top of the list are wired and wireless, software infrastructure, and hardware upgrades. VoIP continues its reign as both the number one overall initiative and the most talked about technology in the tech media it seems (or at least on our site). Respondents also listed  ERP, server upgrades, e-commerce, and regulatory issues as their current top priorities.

August IT Priorities of large organizations:

  • Wired and wireless: networking projects are the number one ongoing initiative for over two years running.
  • Software infrastructure comes in at second place as companies upgrade their ERP applications and weigh in on software designed for verticals.
  • Hardware upgrades remains the number three top priority as organizations continue to upgrade and consolidate their IT infrastructure.
  • At number four is Web technology, with renewed interest in e-commerce and Web services that underpin the looming world of SOAs (Service-oriented Architectures).
  • IT management rounds out the top-5 list this month as IT managers grapple with regulatory issues and begin to see through the short term hype of outsourcing to weigh in on the long term impact.
  • Security, which dropped to sixth place this month, is mainly about filtering out spyware these days.
  • Data management is the next priority as companies work to get the most intelligence out of their data warehouses.
  • OS migration is the eighth priority with many organizations migrating to Windows 2003 and Linux.
  • The final priority, application development, rounds out the list according to our data as companies reap the benefits of integration.

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  • Secure priorities

    Security has slipped in priority because IT departments WENT ABSOLUTELY NUTS in hiring these guys in the last few years. The hiring craze is ebbing, as its beginning to dawn on IT departments that they "overbought". We now have as many thumb twiddlers in security as in all parts of IT (except Operations, where thumb twiddlers don't last very long). The SOx craze is scaling down as the security departments are now providing adequate "paper" to satisfy the auditors.

    The new paper requirements from security are now causing ripple-effect pain in other areas of IT. Mangement needs to handle MORE security requirements, thus the increase in that priority. Web development is key to company IT strategies, and the influx of security requirements means that it too must have more priority.

    The rediculous security restrictions placed on system administrators is just another burden for them to carry. As I like to say, M$ products had many security concerns, so we came down HARD - on UNIX. New roles and restrictions to root passwords mean that you need to subdivide your undermanned, high churn support group into "specialists" - which hurts you MORE when people leave. Not to mention the extensive tools required to "vault" your precious root passwords, and new procedures to request them. It reminds me of Zulu Dawn, where the quatermaster makes everyone stand in single-file line to get ammo, while the camp is being overrun by hostile natives . . .
    Roger Ramjet
  • the worm attacked my computer

    i was livid it ate my windows 2000 and no icons were on the screen and it was missing a vitalpart of window to boot it was gone had to reinstall and i did and now i am making sure of automatic update for my windows 2000
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