Cyber security tops the list as the biggest Enterprise IT challenge for 2015, according to readers of The New IP. More specifically, 55% of respondents to the latest poll on the site said the "impossibility of trying to stay ahead of cyber security threats" was number one. (See The Enterprise IT Challenge.)
It's no surprise that cyber security took first place with the memories of the December Sony hacking fresh in everyone's minds. Recently, Heavy Reading polled 400 telecom professionals worldwide ahead of Light Reading's 2020 Vision Executive Summit in Reykjavik, Iceland, asking them to rank the most essential technology and business developments over the next five years. Seventy-five percent ranked security as most essential.
In two follow-up questions, 49% of survey takers said security is impacting operator revenues and business models now.
Second place in the poll went to "The changing way people work due to mobile and social collaboration," with 20% of the vote.
Tom Homer, head of EMEA and the Americas Enterprise, Telstra Corp. Ltd., echoed the point. "The way people work has changed dramatically in recent years due to the emergence of mobile and social collaboration technologies which have created the expectation that employees should be able to access corporate data and applications whether they are in the office, at home or traveling to a customer site," he said in an email exchange with Light Reading ahead of his Tune in Tuesday radio show appearance at the beginning of January.
He added, "It is vital that enterprises make sure they keep up with the trends. Consequently, they are facing new challenges, such as computing power which is required in many different forms." (See Telstra's View of the Enterprise IT Landscape and The Enterprise IT Landscape.)
Third place was a tie between "Web scale IT and the workplace no longer being a place but a dataset" and "Determining if and how the Internet of Things impacts your business." Both took 10% of the vote. And last place went to "The continued expansion of 'shadow IT,' " with 3% of the vote.
Shadow IT is a reference to IT systems and IT solutions built and used inside organizations without organizational approval. While it may be unsanctioned and unapproved by a company's IT department, shadow IT can be an important source for innovation or even turn into prototypes for future IT-approved solutions. On the other hand, shadow IT opens up a company to security, reliability, legal and other risks.
For the latest poll on The New IP, I'm asking readers where they are on the connected-car adoption curve, as a follow up to the launch of Verizon Vehicle, and AT&T saying it's got 19.8 million connected devices on its network to date. Check it out and vote today. (See The Connected Car Curve.)
— Elizabeth Miller Coyne, Editor, The New IP