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03 Jun 2016

Security a Hot Topic in Czech Public Sector, IDC Survey Finds

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, Prague — A new survey conducted by International Data Corporation (IDC) in collaboration with Internet ve státní správě a samosprávě (ISSS) conference organizer Triada found that ICT security is front of mind for most public-sector stakeholders in the Czech Republic. The survey was conducted in March-April 2016, and the participants were the attendants of the major ISSS public-sector conference that was held in Hradec Kralove.

When asked about their priorities relating to organizational ICT in 2016, 54% of respondents cited security as one of their top concerns. This figure is especially significant in light of the fact that the topic ranking second in importance — enhancing citizen services — was flagged only by 29% of respondents. Security concerns were also dominant when attendees were asked about the barriers for cloud adoption, with 41% of respondents claiming it as a main inhibitor. Apart from security incidents, new regulatory requirements are driving spending, in particular, the Czech Law on Cyber Security (181/2014 Coll.), which came into effect last year. Governmental stakeholders also seem to be wary of their own employees — the security threats most commonly listed by respondents were unintentional data leakage (or loss of data by employee) and employee sabotage. This suggests that the time is right for vendors of access management solutions to pitch to the public sector.

The results in the second survey topic — cloud — revealed that the majority of public-sector entities have yet to invest at all in cloud solutions. Moreover, the fact that this situation is unchanged from the previous year suggests that cloud adoption is far from “taking off” across the Czech public sector. For cloud vendors, such a highly underpenetrated market represents enormous potential, but the burden will be on them to educate the market and push solutions that offer benefits specific to the sector.

“Everyone seems to be waiting for the National Cloud Strategy to be approved,” notes Jan Alexa, senior research analyst for IDC’s Government Insights. “Until this happens and implementations start to materialize, a breakthrough in the public sector for cloud vendors is unlikely.” On the other hand, ICT security vendors have a reason to be optimistic. “Frankly, given the demands that new technologies will put on security and the prospect of increasingly dangerous cyberattacks, it is unlikely that the current focus on security will pass,” adds Alexa.

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Czech Republic

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Information protection and control, Security management

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