22 Dec 2017

Survey reveals war on cyber-attacks and digital disruption are top business priorities

Changing business priorities will see a greater emphasis on cyber security and digitalisation over the next three years, according to almost 1000 senior executives in a survey by Financial Times | IE Business School Corporate Learning Alliance.

The findings come from this year’s Corporate Learning Pulse, a major leadership study conducted among C-Suite executives, HR and Learning & Development professionals working across multiple business sectors in China, Denmark, France, GCC, Germany, Japan, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and UK.

While the top three business priorities for 2017 were growth, strategy and financial management, the war on cyber-attacks, and the accelerating impact of digital disruption will bring these issues higher in the list of concerns for senior executives in 2018-20.

The dominant fear for companies citing cyber security as one of their top concerns is, unsurprisingly, the potential threat from hackers. For businesses having to face up to the effects of digital disruption, the top issues are the cloud and the growing impact of technology. Here, global differences are revealed in the study: executives in China and the Middle East are twice as likely to put digital adoption among the top three issues they expect to tackle over the next three years, compared to their European and Japanese counterparts.

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