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What’s the biggest tech trend facing businesses right now? Is it the rise of mobile? BYOD? Cloud computing? Consumerization?


The fact is, you could make a case for any one of them…which highlights the most important point: We’re currently going through a fundamental shift in technology. We’re seeing a number of disruptive technologies converging on businesses at the same time. When combined, these changes create a unique set of challenges for CIOs and IT leaders going into 2014.

So, what are the biggest challenges facing CIOs and IT leaders in the coming year? Perhaps a better question: How can they address these challenges? We asked these questions to other CIOs and IT leaders, and have listed these responses below. I’ve also included a brief tip on how to address each challenge. So, without further ado, here are the biggest challenges facing CIOs and IT leaders in the coming year:

Challenge #1: How to address physical and IT security

Modern IT departments are currently facing a fundamental shift in security practices. Applications are moving to the web. Employees are using their own mobile devices. Cloud-based, consumer applications are creeping into the business. The challenge of securing devices and data that are increasingly beyond their control is something that CIOs and IT leaders will struggle with in the coming year (and beyond).

“As we enter a brave new world that increasingly relies upon technology and the cloud, it is clear that a fully integrated business plan involving both physical and IT security is critical,” says Ray Cavanagh, a board member of the ASIS Physical Security Council and Physical Security for Cloud Computing Council, and VP of Crescent Guardian, Inc. “But, alarmingly, it is often given minimal attention and puts everyone involved at more risk.”


How to address this challenge?

What’s the answer? Cavanagh shares his thoughts on the matter:

“Both the IT organization and the security team must develop an easy-to-implement, organized plan that incorporates all aspects of security,” explains Cavanagh. “The benefits of such a plan can reduce criminal activity, service disruptions and other risk factors that could impede business continuity. While completely eliminating all threats is impossible, a comprehensive, integrated security plan that converges both physical and IT security can put companies in a position of power instead of fear, action instead of reaction.”

Read about the other seven challenges here.