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The Month in Numbers, Pure Storage, MHR, Wundermail, Canada Life & Riskiq

52 Off target
Under half (48%) of government ICT leaders are confident that their current data infrastructure will enable their organisations to meet strategic transformational objectives. In a survey of 101 government ICT leaders by Pure Storage, four fifths of respondents were concerned that their current data infrastructure was compromising operational agility (85%), increasing operational costs (83%), creating compliance challenges (82%) and reducing their ability to meet citizen expectations (80%). Only 49% of current government ICT projects fully meet expectations and are delivered on time and within budget.

52 Complacent about compliance
Implementing new data handling processes has been the greatest area of compliance investment in the last 12 months, according to a survey of UK GDPR decision-makers by data security solutions provider Egress. Even so, 52% of UK businesses are still not fully GDPR compliant.

54 Self deluded
Almost half of business leaders are failing to achieve a positive financial return from digital transformation projects they have executed, claims a new report from HR and payroll provider MHR, Businesses are not ready to transform (but they don’t know that). A poll of 250 business leaders at organisations with more than 1,000 employees reveals that while 90% of business leaders have initiated one or more digital transformation projects, only 54% believe that these have delivered financial benefits for the organisation. Still, 95% of business leaders describe themselves as ‘digital thinkers’ and 84% believe they have the necessary skills to oversee digital transformation projects.

55 So, what is it you do?
A survey of 2,500 UK remote workers for the Wundamail State of Remote Work Report 2019 highlights the significant challenge of managing a remote workforce. More than half (55%) of respondents claim that their manager ‘does not fully understand what I do each day’; 61% do not feel part of the team; and 42% feel they suffer from a lack of support.

While 74% believe remote working increases their overall productivity, 66% say they are tempted to ‘push the boundaries’ and one third admit that they have at times ‘taken advantage of the lack of supervision’. The biggest ‘productivity barriers’ are communication (47%), followed by maintaining focus and motivation (39%).

60 Energised for work
Almost two thirds (65%) of office workers who don’t currently have the option of flexible working claim that they would be more motivated and productive if they were able to choose their working hours. Of these, 60% said that flexible working would enable them to work at times of day when they have the most energy. Currently just 18% of workers in small and medium-sized businesses have flexible working arrangements (source: The Brew by rent24

61 Choosing to be happy
A recent report by Capita (The State of IT – The Employee Verdict) claims that while 71% of employees would like the option to work remotely, only 32% can do so whenever they want. Flexible/remote working was the third greatest contributor to happiness at work (cited by 61%), after salary (86%) and holiday entitlement (75%) and well ahead of health insurance (21%), share options (12%) and a company car (10%). Perceived benefits of flexible working are a better work-life balance (60%), reduced transport costs (47%) and a smaller carbon footprint (35%).

65 Not done yet
Almost three quarters (71%) of Brits plan to work beyond the age of 65, reveals new research by Canada Life Group Insurance. However, 41% are concerned that their health will make it difficult to do so and more than one quarter think bosses view older workers as ‘hassle’ because of health problems (27%) and because they are stuck in their ways (30%), technologically inept (30%) and less productive than younger workers (21%).

2.3m Gone in 60 seconds
RiskIQ’s third annual Evil Internet Minute report highlights the scale of the cyber risk facing businesses. The attack surface management company has calculated that cybercriminals cost the global economy a total of £1.2 trillion last year, or £2.3 million every cyber minute.

Its research highlights per minute costs for a variety of threats, including ransomware (£17,817); phishing attacks (£14,200); compromised identifier records (£8,100); and hacks on cryptocurrency exchanges (£1,550).