A new Dell (DELL) survey of 1,302 business and IT decision-makers revealed security concerns are limiting the adoption of cloud and mobility solutions throughout many organizations worldwide. Here are the details.

Dan Kobialka, Contributing writer

March 14, 2016

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Steve Lalla Dell39s vice president of commercial client software amp solutions
Steve Lalla, Dell's vice president of commercial client software & solutions

A new Dell (DELL) survey of 1,302 business and IT decision-makers revealed security concerns are limiting the adoption of cloud and mobility solutions throughout many organizations worldwide.

The Dell Data Security Survey showed many C-suite executives are prioritizing data security, but IT teams are still not allocating the necessary energy or resources to address security challenges. 

“These findings suggest that the C-level has to be more engaged when it comes to integrating data security strategies into their business,” Steve Lalla, Dell’s vice president of commercial client software & solutions, said in a prepared statement. “Business leaders understand the need to invest in their security infrastructure, but that isn’t translating into updating or expanding their current systems to adequately prevent modern attacks.”

Other survey results included:

  • Nearly 75 percent of decision-makers said they believe data security is a priority for their organization’s C-suite; however, 25 percent noted they do not find their C-suite to be adequately informed about data security issues.

  • 69 percent of respondents said they view data security as a burden on their time and budget.

  • 58 percent said they believe their organization is adversely affected by the shortage of trained security professionals in the industry.

  • 53 percent cited cost constraints for why they don’t anticipate adding security features in the future.

  • Only one in four decision-makers said they are very confident in their C-suite’s ability to budget enough for data security solutions over the next five years.

So what do the survey results mean for cloud services providers (CSPs)?

Lalla pointed the costs and time constraints that frequently are associated with traditional single-point data security solutions may have an adverse impact on IT departments.

However, a CSP that can help IT departments lower their costs and streamline their data security may be able to fulfill their data security needs for years to come. 

“For companies with hundreds or thousands of employees, managing each endpoint separately using multiple consoles is extremely inefficient and leads to a high probability of conflict or incompatibility,” Lalla noted. “Implementing a single, integrated suite for IT management can drastically improve this process.”

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About the Author(s)

Dan Kobialka

Contributing writer, Penton Technology

Dan Kobialka is a contributing writer for MSPmentor and Talkin' Cloud. In the past, he has produced content for numerous print and online publications, including the Boston Business Journal, Boston Herald and Patch.com. Dan holds a M.A. in Print and Multimedia Journalism from Emerson College and a B.A. in English from Bridgewater State College (now Bridgewater State University). In his free time, Kobialka enjoys jogging, traveling, playing sports, touring breweries and watching football (Go Patriots!).  

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