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The Biggest Issues Facing IT Today

Information technology (IT) is an innovative field bursting with new ideas and new applications. That makes it one of the most exciting contemporary fields to work in.

However, a corollary of the excitement is the field is also full of issues IT leaders need to address. What are the biggest issues facing IT today? Read on to find the top three as identified by CIO magazine.

1. IoT Security

A whopping 82 percent of organizations feel challenged in their efforts to fully identify and secure devices connected to a company’s network via the Internet of Things (IoT), according to research cited by CIO.

Gone are the days when the chief issue facing IT was concerns with end-users struggling to understand their systems or wrestling with their passwords. Now concerns lie much more with the potential outside that shouldn’t be inside.

More than half of IT executives, 54 percent, are anxious about the security of their systems. Cybersecurity threats are very real, and IT heads feel them to be. Cyberthreats to an IoT system have the potential to disable company systems and impact business performance.

2. Retraining of IT personnel

Because of constant forward-thinking and innovation in the field, IT professionals need to essentially always be training. Chances are, the systems and apps they know will be upgraded, replaced and outmoded several times over.

Back in the day, many firms expected their people to pursue retraining on their own. Now, that’s less expected, simply because platform complexity has increased. IT professionals accept that retraining should be a company responsibility.

But how to find the time for retraining? IT heads feel challenged in this as well. As a result, it sometimes doesn’t happen enough. In fact, 40 percent of IT professionals believe they’re not getting the training they should be.

3. Data overload

Massive quantities of data available has led to data overload everywhere, and nowhere is this more true than in IT departments.

CIO is blunt on this score. Data overload is likely to always be with us, at least for the foreseeable future. Why? Because data streams are superabundant and likely to be only increasing from here.

Since data overload itself can’t be fought, the key is to manage it well. How? Know your company’s key performance metrics, and follow the data that pertain to them, which can drive improvement on the metrics. In other words, if improving cybersecurity is a goal, identify and utilize the data that can augment cybersecurity.

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