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IT security a major cause of executive stress

In a new report by Hitachi Data Systems, 30 per cent of IT directors surveyed admitted that worries concerning data security were likely to keep them awake at night – compared to just 20 per cent six months ago.

These findings are reported in the latest Hitachi Data Systems Storage Index, an independently conducted poll of 690 IT directors in large and medium-sized companies throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Furthermore, the new survey revealed that redundancy fears remain high throughout the region.

As few as 28 per cent of respondents were confident that there would be no more redundancies in their companies over the next two years, compared to 33 per cent six months ago.

"The job of the IT director has clearly not been one for the faint-hearted over the last couple of years - and looking ahead the picture is still rather mixed,” said John Taffinder, Executive Vice President, Hitachi Data Systems.

He added: “There are some encouraging signs that economic pressures are starting to abate, but this is more than offset by increasing security and regulatory worries. Being an IT director is clearly a daunting responsibility."

A further report out this month, by IT support consultancy FITE IT, revealed that three quarters of business directors at 150 mid-sized UK companies, rated computer viruses as their most pressing management headache.

Also featuring in the top three management pressures list, was control of company finances and human resource issues.

Sources: The Register

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