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69% Of Federal Government IT Pros Consider Cybersecurity and Security Extremely Important According To New InformationWeek Reports Research

August 14, 2012

Disaster recovery and continuity planning, data records management, data center consolidation,

and data storage round out the top five IT priorities

InformationWeek Reports (http://reports.informationweek.com), a service provider for peer-based IT research and analysis, announced the release of its latest research report. Federal IT Priorities: Focus On The Foundation encompasses analysis of results from InformationWeek’s recent Federal Government IT Priorities Survey and shares with readers the factors driving the top IT initiatives as well as strategies for tackling them. Nearly 150 federal government technology professionals responded to this poll.

Research Summary: Agency-specific goals are the most-mentioned driver of IT priorities, cited by 70% of respondents (up from 57% in the 2011 survey), while half of respondents said OMB is a primary driver. This year’s survey revealed that agencies are following their strategic IT plans more closely than they did in 2011.

Findings: 

  • 39% say disaster recovery and continuity planning is an extremely important priority for their agency.
  • 44% have a strategic IT plan and follow it closely, up from 36% in 2011.
  • 35% of respondents say the top barrier to effective execution of IT projects is lack of budget; conflicting or poorly defined requirements is No. 2, at 25%.
  • The federal IT initiatives most aggressively pursued by agencies are continuous monitoring and improving customer services, both rated 3.4 on a 5-point scale.

The report author, Michael Biddick, is CEO of Fusion PPT and an InformationWeek Reports contributor.

For full access to the research data, members can download now: [download id=14853/]

“Federal agencies are juggling many competing priorities with tight budgets,” says Lorna Garey, content director of InformationWeek Reports. “But before they can address game changers like mobility or collaboration, CIOs must ensure that foundational technologies are in place. Thus the focus on security, continuity planning and data records management.”

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