Why IT Professionals Are Feeling Less Confident
Tech professionals are heading into 2017 with a lackluster confidence in IT operations, according to a recent survey from Intermedia. The resulting "2016 IT Confidence Index" report indicates that overall confidence levels are barely above levels of high concern. In exploring specific areas of tech operations, survey respondents express significant doubts about the way their organization manages cyber-security and infrastructure. Many admit that their company has suffered from a major breach over the past year, and very few feel that their organization invests enough in infrastructure to support future needs. If such impressions aren't turned around, it could result in long-term consequences for companies next year. "Correlate these IT infrastructure findings with the lack of expressed confidence in combating security risks, and the potential impact to businesses gets even scarier," said Jonathan McCormick, chief operating officer at Intermedia. "IT infrastructure and security are the lowest-ranking confidence categories measured. Technology is advancing, as are the expectations around availability and the need to continually improve security positioning." For the purposes of the report, any confidence score below a "7" is considered "extremely worrisome." A total of 350 U.S. IT professionals took part in the research.