TGI’s CIO Weighs in on IT Budget Evolution During COVID-19

Posted June 2020

IT Budget Evolution

IT Budget Evolution During COVID-19

TechRepublic presented a Pulse study featuring TGI’s CIO, Brian Sampietro.

CIOs are pivoting to invest in communication and collaboration tools as well as mobile security, a new Pulse survey finds. With more employees working from home as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, IT departments have had to reprioritize their initiatives to enable their companies to continue to operate during the crisis.

New data from Pulse, an online research and networking hub for CIOs and tech execs, finds that 45% of CIOs say they’re shifting to internal communication and collaboration tools, while 39% said they’re focusing more on mobile security.

Specifically, there has been a heightened focus on deploying VPNs (36%), password management (32%), encrypted communication tools (26%), multi-factor authentication (22%), and endpoint detection and response (19%), among other technologies, Pulse said.

“Many companies are going to allow (or require) employees to work from home after the pandemic, due to health concerns and reduced overhead,” the Pulse survey quoted Brian Sampietro, CIO of TGI Office Automation, as saying. “The fact that CIOs are investing in security and end-user technology–even though budgets are decreasing–indicates this.”

“Disasters are happening more frequently, employees are using unmanaged home devices to connect to office networks, and ransomware attacks are on the rise. Investing in BDR technology—even with the need to reduce spending—can prevent tremendous monetary losses.”

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