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New research has suggested data loss is the biggest concern for IT decision-makers when it comes to security.

The survey of 300 mid-market IT managers, CIOs, directors and Heads of IT, revealed data loss was the most difficult challenge for 42% of correspondents, when trying to keep their organisation secure. A quarter of those asked also believed their cyber security defences would not be adequate if targeted by an attack.

The research, conducted by Node4, also highlighted that this year IT leaders are focussing on security before innovation.  Data privacy was the main objective of 42% of respondents, followed by business growth (36%), and then digital transformation (29%).

A third of respondents (32%) highlighted the growing complexity of cyber threats as the biggest strategic security challenge of 2019. Budgets were also identified as an issue when fighting the growing threat, with maintaining defences due to cost (22%) a key concern. Around one in five respondents believe that finding a cloud provider with enough security experience (18%) is their biggest challenge for this year.

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