The 2019 Dark Reading State of IT Operations and Security Operations survey uncovered some important developments in the way enterprises are managing security in the data center – and in the boardroom. Here are some key takeaways: • 57% of respondents said IT and security staff communicate well, up from 47% last year. • 20% of organizations involve the security team at the start of every major IT project. • 69% of respondents say that the security team holds primary responsibility for compliance and privacy; this figure rose significantly – more than 12% – from our 2018 survey. • 90% of organizations expect the security team to take charge of developing and setting security policy. • 80% said the IT operations team is primarily responsible for patch management. • 20% of organizations have a distinct security department that operates separately from the IT team. • 18% of organizations have a fully-staffed security function. • 37% said the security operations team is most likely to be the first to detect and alert others about security incidents in the organization.