Cybersecurity and cloud in spotlight for Canadian organizations: survey

Data management and security top of mind, with the majority of businesses opting for hybrid cloud solutions

September 6, 2017
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ETOBICOKE, ON—With an increased wave of security threats and ongoing need to ensure safe data, Canadian organizations are keeping a close eye on security practices and technologies, according to a new survey from CDW Canada, a provider of technology solutions.

When asked about areas of top priority for security, the majority of Canadian organizations cited intrusion prevention (39 percent) and ransomware protection (35 percent).

Another area of focus for Canadian organizations is the cloud, with 50 percent of businesses indicating their cloud strategy for 2017 includes hybrid solutions, moving workloads over time; while 16 percent were planning to be “cloud-first” going forward. In the data centre, redundancy is a key goal (29 percent), followed by expansion and scalability (27 percent) and cost reduction (26 percent).

Canadian organizations in the public and private sectors also cited analytics and big data, as well as the Internet of Things (IoT), as the top combined emerging technologies that will have the most impact on their business in the next 12-to-18 months, with 28 and 27 percent respectively.

Other findings from the survey include:

  1. Canadian organizations’ unified communications strategies include integration of new features or products into current tools/applications (32 percent), and upgrading or updating current tools and applications (31 percent).
  2. Just over a quarter of respondents said they would continue to use current tools and applications (26 percent) while only 10 percent said they would replace current legacy tools and applications with new technologies.
  3. When considering partner services, Canadian organizations look most for support during deployments and upgrades (31 percent). This was followed by migrations and replacements (21 percent), managed services (19 percent), and architecture and design (15 percent).