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Security Remains a Top-Three IT Issue According to EDUCAUSE 2009 Current Issues Survey Results

EDUCAUSE has just published the results of the 2009 Current Issues Survey. The latest EDUCAUSE Review article identifies the issues that IT leaders in higher education see as the most critical challenges they and their institutions face.

Since 2003, the top-three issues in terms of strategic importance to the institution have been, in various rankings, Administrative/ERP Information Systems, Funding IT, and Security. This holds true for 2009 as well, but the order has once again shifted. After ceding the top spot to Security last year, Funding IT returns to the number-one ranking this year, which is no surprise given the difficult economic environment and its impact on institutional budgets. Administrative/ERP Information Systems moves to the number-two spot, reflecting the essential role such systems play in the strategic and operational management of colleges and universities. The information and insights derived from campus information systems are central to institutional responses to current economic challenges. Security remains among the top-three strategic issues at number three, consistent with the ongoing needs and challenges of protecting institutional data and IT environments.

Security-related resources are available as part of the 2009 Survey Resources website.

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