A survey from Iron Mountain says 46 percent of information management professionals in the federal government have cited management of all types of data as their top priority over the next three to five years.
Iron Mountain said Wednesday it commissioned market research firm Market Connections to poll 200 records and data management employees from civilian agencies, Defense Department and the Intelligence Community.
The study also found that 56 percent of the respondents said there would be a high demand for skills in access control and information security in the next three to five years, followed by analytics and data quality management.
Thirty-nine percent of respondents said innovative thinking is the soft skill that would be in greatest demand for information management and 52 percent said information security as one of the technical skills that would be in demand the most.
Respondents also cited compliance, data valuation assessment and IT and physical records management integration as the top project management-related skills that would have an impact on records management in the next two years, according to the survey.
The survey also found that risk management, records and information management practices and electronic records retention are the top areas for improvement when it comes to data management skills.