Technology professionals are increasingly worried that their data will be hijacked by cybercriminals and held hostage for a fee, according to a survey of 300 IT specialists that found fending off ransomware is high on their list of priorities. The June survey from KnowBe4 found that the number of respondents citing concerns over ransomware rose by 25% since January, while overall confidence in mitigation efforts such as e-mail and spam filtering has decreased.
U.S. tech spending seems to be on the rebound, with an expected increase of 9.9% this year to $564 billion, compared with 7.8% growth projected worldwide, according to a Forrester Research report. The U.S., however, probably will not report growth that is as robust as some segments -- Canada is expected to lead in IT spending with a 16.2% increase, while Latin America will grow 15.4%.
A good majority of IT leaders view cloud computing as an efficient mechanism to get costs under control, with 68% polled in a Savvis survey citing the technology's flexibility as the main reason. The survey found that tech professionals believe cloud adoption can slice budgets by 15%, on average.
IT professionals who are competing for choice jobs need to pay more attention to their "personal brands," career coaches say. Having a good reputation and well-developed social skills can be just as important as intelligence and technical skill, they say. Their advice for improving a personal brand includes paying attention to appearance, playing up skills and embracing self-promotion.