IT chiefs have identified efficiency as a major concern this year and forecast a ‘dramatic’ increase in spending on data security.
According to the Society of Information Technology Management’s annual IT Trends survey, security spending is to jump by 9% to£3bn. The forecast has been compounded by recent security issues such as the financial details of millions of people receiving child benefit being lost by HM Revenue & Customs.
Local authority IT heads have identified more than 180 security concerns ranging from careless use of passwords to data centre “disasters”.
They also say that the cost of securing information held on local government computers has dramatically increased since 2006, although direct financial losses reported remain low.
Staff turnover predicted to increase
IT Trends also reveals a rise in public sector staff turnover from 14% to 23%, and predicts that the numbers of contracted staff will increase. This could result in major recruitment problems for councils.
Socitm president Rose Crozier said the message of the report was “highly positive”. “It shows that ICT departments have the capacity and capability to deliver what is required to meet the transformation agenda in local government.”