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The Insomnia Project: Security Tops List of Issues Keeping CIOs Up at Night

July 15, 2011

The technology world never sleeps and, apparently, CIOs don’t get much rest either. According to The CIO Insomnia Project, a recently released research initiative from Robert Half Technology, nearly one-quarter (24 percent) of CIOs cited data security as the primary worry keeping them awake at night, followed by hardware and/or operating systems upgrades, with 13 percent of the response.

The research examined the most pressing technology concerns and is based on interviews with more than 1,400 U.S. CIOs. The CIO Insomnia Project also features expert advice and video interviews with IT leaders from around the country.

Other findings include:
65 percent of CIOs estimate the average company experiences three or more IT security breaches per year.
When the economy improves, 37 percent of CIOs plan to implement hardware or software upgrades.
63 percent of CIOs said understaffing at least somewhat affects their organization’s ability to implement innovative technologies.
34 percent of CIOs are at least somewhat concerned about losing top IT performers to other job opportunities in the coming years.
One in 10 CIOs said managing heavy workloads is the top concern keeping them up at night.

“CIOs are under escalating pressure to innovate while at the same time protecting their companies against rising security threats and managing an increasing amount of information,” said John Reed, executive director of Robert Half Technology. “These challenges make it important for CIOs to stay connected with their peers and share best practices.”

The CIO Insomnia Project, including research and videos, can be found at: http://www.roberthalftechnology.com/cioinsomniaproject.

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