When asked about the external factors threatening their IT strategy, many of the respondents said they had experienced an increase in cyber-attacks, also reporting that the nature of these incidents had changed. Attempts to encrypt data and charge a ransom had been experienced by many of the respondents.
Despite the prevalence of this issue in the media, only 21% of respondents to the survey highlighted an increase in cyber-crime as the greatest challenge. 60% of respondents listed GDPR as the biggest challenge to their IT plans over the next 3 years, making this the most popular answer amongst respondents to the survey. In addition, only 19% of respondents highlighted Brexit as the greatest challenge to their IT plans, despite the huge changes this is likely to have in the UK.