Businesses under pressure to modernise it systems

Cybercrime continues to be a major concern for a number of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in 2018, a poll has found.

Digital workplace provider Invotra, which published the report, said the majority of IT professionals working in both the public and private spheres consider data security the biggest priority of the year.

While cybercrime is a major threat, organisations are also aware of the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in May. The new data protection laws will insist that firms keep consumer data protected from potential cyber-attacks and privacy breaches.

GDPR also means that firms are required to use data responsibly, and delete personal information when it is no longer required.

According to the survey, around 79 per cent of senior IT professionals working in the public sector, as well as 85 per cent working in the financial services sector, said improving systems and tackling new cyber challenges was of most importance.

Fintan Galvin, chief executive officer at Invotra, said: “We commissioned this research to understand digital challenges facing the financial and public sectors. Both sectors are under pressure to modernise systems, make them accessible, and to keep pace with emerging technologies; all the while tackling sophisticated security threats. These are real hurdles for IT professionals today so it’s no wonder they have concerns for the year ahead.”

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