Accenture-MeriTalk Study: 52% of Federal IT Leaders Worry About Legacy App Security

mobile device managementA new MeriTalk survey of 150 federal information technology leaders indicates almost 92 percent of managers believe there is an urgent need to update their agencies’ IT applications.

Fifty-two percent of those respondents are worried that legacy enterprise apps will cause security breaches at their organizations, while 62 percent said not modernizing agency apps will affect mission-critical infrastructure, MeriTalk said Thursday.

The Accenture-sponsored study also found most federal IT managers consider system management and maintenance, security and integration as among the factors that prevent agencies from implementing modernization programs.

“Application modernization provides a powerful opportunity for agencies to upgrade to more flexible and secure systems for innovation and cost-cutting in the long term,” said Tom Greiner, technology business lead at Accenture’s federal services unit.

Survey respondents estimate that agencies can refresh more than half of their apps through re-platforming, remediation and architecture-driven methods.

Sixty-six percent of the managers surveyed forecast their agencies will bolster app modernization efforts during the next 18 months, MeriTalk noted.

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