More than three-quarters of IT directors think the consumerisation of IT is overhyped, but admit to it causing sleepless nights.

According to a survey of 100 UK IT directors by Damovo, 76 per cent believe that the consumerisation of IT is overhyped, mainly led by technology vendors. However, 68 per cent did admit that the increased use of personal mobile devices in the workplace had increased their concerns about their organisation's security.

Glyn Owen, portfolio manager at Damovo UK, said: “The accelerated pace of this trend, the recent leap forward for workforce mobility and the rapid advances in tablet and smartphone technology over the past few years have raised awareness of the issue.

“Certainly the trend of bringing personal devices into the workplace has heightened security concerns, with the potential to bypass firewalls and create a potential bridge between the corporate network and the internet. Therefore organisations need better visibility of what devices are on their network, as well as the ability to enforce new security policies.”

The survey went on to ask IT directors what their priorities were for 2012. Nearly a third (32 per cent) cited future-proofing and updating their network infrastructure; 27 per cent cited moving applications and services to the cloud; and 18 per cent said securing/managing employees' mobile devices. Lesser priorities for 2012 were virtualising server estates (14 per cent) and enabling multi-channel communications between employees and customers.

“IT departments are being asked to do more and more as ICT underpins an increasing number of business functions. Yet at the same time, IT directors are being asked to reduce costs while also needing to ensure that ICT is delivering on business objectives,” said Owen.

“With this in mind it seems that as they continue their efforts to drive down costs, moving ownership of the more remedial IT functions towards managed service providers will become an increasingly attractive option for many organisations.”