Conducted on behalf of OpenSystems, which styles itself as a "cybersecurity service innovator for future-ready enterprises," the survey offered the promise of today-ready psychological insight.
It was entitled: "What IT Pros Are Feeling, Doing and May Be Overlooking in the Post-Pandemic Environment."
During the pandemic -- which doesn't feel all that post- to me -- several things I've felt and done have caused me to overlook far more important things I haven't felt and done.
My feelings of inner despair for humanity, for example, have led me to overlook several things on my grocery shopping list.
While the survey dwelled on how there's been an increase in cyberattacks and how the pressure on IT professionals has never been greater, it also offered one overarching, and frankly beautiful, conclusion: 90% of these 210 IT professionals insisted they'd been mostly or somewhat prepared for the pandemic.
I stared at that and thought: "IT professionals truly are special people. They're undervalued. They're occasionally derided. Inside, however, beat minds of steel. So much so that I can't understand why more superhero movies don't have IT professionals as their main characters."
As you unfreeze your jaw, may I offer you more? 55% of the IT professionals in the OpenSystems survey said they were perfectly prepared for the pandemic because they had already established "better processes."
Should one conclude, therefore, that these processes really did include dealing with a mass exodus of millions of employees from offices and into large houses, tiny bedrooms, cramped kitchens, shared living spaces and, yes, Idaho?
It must have taken an unusual prescience, most often seen in kingmakers, oddsmakers and post-rationalizers.
Perhaps most staggeringly, a mere 22% of these IT professionals declared that, now that they've endured the pandemic experience, they're evaluating their organization's incident response plans.
Please don't be concerned. Well, too concerned. We're all in good hands.
There may be a few kinks in the firmament here and there, but it's all going to be fine.