Security management is rising up the corporate agenda as resource strapped users struggle to cope with expanding threats.
As more users are encouraged to embrace the age of collaboration and social networking the pressure to do that securely is being felt by IT managers.
According to research carried out by Check Point, managing external network attacks was a major concern along with preventing malware infections.
"Companies have become much more reliant on third party technology with clouds and there is a challenge to protect data when you can't lock it down anymore," said Nick Lowe, Check Point regional director for Northern Europe.
IT departments were caught between protecting data and expanding the reach of the company he added, but warned budgets were unlikely to rise so users had to free up resources internally to cope with managing data.
Half of those IT mangers quizzed said better management of network security was a priority this year.
"It's evident that IT teams are having to perform a balancing act, to maintain effective security against a backdrop of business change with limited budgets," he said.
Some of those changes include the move to use social networking tools as well as making remote access more secure.
Lowe said that customers were currently debating just how they were going to deal with these issues, which would only increase this year.
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