A data breach can cost from $3.86 million to $4.24 million according to an IBM report. As with all rapidly evolving technologies, the Edge is harnessing tons of attention, but unfortunately, it’s not always the desired one.
Criminals and cyber attackers have their eyes set on Edge and IoT infrastructures given the current lax security measures in place. With Gartner reporting that 75% of enterprise-generated data will be created and processed outside traditional data centers or the cloud by 2025, it’s no wonder criminals are tempted to dip their toes in this pool of wealth.
As the size of the Edge footprint increases, organizations are also, unwillingly, extending their attack surface, making it easier for attackers to exploit insecure endpoints for distributed denial-of-service attacks.
Next, we’ll give you an overview of the most prominent Edge Cybersecurity predictions for 2022 in a bid to help you stay on top of the latest trends and protect your Edge accordingly.
More organizations will continue to embrace the Edge in 2022 and adopt an Edge-First approach to their IT infrastructure in terms of procurement, planning, organizational, and more. Many will leverage the value of data processing at the Edge instead of the cloud thanks to its faster speeds and lower costs.
Data management will most likely all take place at the Edge and with enterprises still modestly adopting 5G, we can expect to see more capable 5G offerings to cope with higher volumes of Edge-based data. 5G can be up to 10 times faster than 4G, and when coupled with Edge, both will work side by side to improve application performance and the processing of massive amounts of data in real-time.
A worrying concern all around, security at the Edge is crucial as more and more vulnerabilities pop up every day. In 2022, we can expect a multitude of companies dealing with the aftermath of an insecure Edge risk, with reports stating that up to 66% of IT teams believe Edge computing is a threat to their organizations.
Some of the first adopters of IoT, the healthcare industry is poised to be leading the Edge Computing adoption wave in 2022. More and more healthcare organizations are realizing the value of processing data from smart sensors and devices, as well as patient sensitive information closer by at the Edge than in the cloud.
Amidst a global health crisis, as many organizations as possible sent their workforce to work from home. Even though remote work poses more benefits than drawbacks, it still opens up a whole can of worms in terms of security vulnerabilities. New security protocols will need to be enforced as new and more dangerous attacks can be deployed at the Edge if left unprotected.
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With edge computing powering the next wave of digital transformation, improving business agility and creating new customer experiences, cybersecurity takes on a higher meaning as the attack surface area has grown larger than ever before, especially for key security risks like data exfiltration, distributed ransomware attacks, unauthorized access, and more.