May 17, 2020

AT&T: Four considerations for cybersecurity

GDPR
General data protection regulation
AT&T
Data
John Vladimir Slamecka
3 min
AT&T
The end of May ushered in the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Companies now need to have stricter policies and processes related how they co...

The end of May ushered in the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). 

Companies now need to have stricter policies and processes related how they collect, use and store personal data.

There will be heavy penalties for GDPR violations. The new law sets stricter requirements on for example user consent, information to be provided to the user and stricter requirements on implementation of data protection measures. Data controllers have to disclose personal data breaches to regulators within 72 hours of becoming aware of a personal data breach.

International companies need to comply with the new regime if they want to have access to the EU market of 500mn people. 

Four recommendations to reassess security readiness
Now is the time to safeguard your business for the long term and reassess your security processes as part of data protection readiness. As part of your reassessment, try this four-point security checklist.

1) Conduct a cyber security risk audit and assessment

An audit helps determine your current cybersecurity investments. A risk assessment will evaluate your security infrastructure and controls relative to the cybersecurity threat from emerging technologies and new hacking techniques. This could include the internet of things, mobility and cloud security. A gap analysis can also help you understand where you are versus where you want to be. 

Two-thirds of organisations do not conduct regular cyber risk assessments. Regular reviews are crucial for the success of your business.

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2) Set up a threat alert platform

Every end-point, such as an IoT device or mobile device is a potential entry point. And each has different security implications. The key is to build an integrated threat-analytics platform for all end-points. This platform needs to have a built-in, always-on security approach.

You can use threat analytics to study the ecosystem and ensure you are safe at all times.

An automated system that detects and responds to threats is important for audit and compliance procedures. A feed-back loop between your internal cybersecurity operations is ideal. Combined with a flexible risk management strategy, it can evolve based on daily threat activity and response. 

3) Get support from your service providers 

To help protect sensitive data and apps that reside in your network, you need to work with your service providers. You should have full visibility of your network traffic and be able to authenticate legitimate users while blocking suspicious activity. 

Today, an increasing number of companies are using artificial intelligence (AI) technologies to support their customers. AI tools can detect anomalous behavior and zero-day attacks. It helps to overcome the challenge of limited security resources. 

4) Organise ongoing staff training 

People are still the weakest link in the cybersecurity chain. Cybersecurity attacks affected nearly 80% of organisations in the past year; but only 61% mandated security training for staff. 

Every member of your organization needs to be aware of new types of security threats. Building a security culture takes time and effort and this sort of ongoing conversation with a top down approach is essential.

At the same time, threats are getting more sophisticated. From casual intruders to well-funded criminal organisations, hackers are increasingly using big data analytics to search for threat vectors. They are also using AI for social engineering attacks, such as phishing, to steal sensitive data and credentials. Daily cybersecurity events now number in the millions, and we should expect ransomware, malware and other attacks to continue to escalate. The focus has to be on changing user behavior and putting in place the right procedures to counter these attacks. 

John Vladimir Slamecka, Region President, EMEA, AT&T

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Jul 30, 2021

IoT market expected to grow due to increase in IoT use cases

IoT
Internet of Things
market growth
Catherine Gray
3 min
The Internet of Things (IoT) service market is expected to grow at a rate of 24% through 2025 according to a report by The Business Research Company

An increase in the internet of things use cases is expected to drive the IoT service market, according to the IoT Services Global Market Report 2021: COVID-10 Growth and Change to 2030.

IoT has found its use in many areas over the years. It can be used in manufacturing, farming, smart cities, transportation and in many other industries and fields.

Due to the fact it can be utilised in many industries, there is an increased need for IoT services and applications. IoT services that provide support by delivering services such as consulting, data management, network management and security services, are in much higher demand.

The impact of COVID-19 on the IoT services market

According to the report, the global IoT services market is expected to grow from $139.24 billion in 2020 to $162.39 billion in 2021 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 16.6%.

In the coming years, the IoT managed services market size is expected to reach $381.16 billion in 2025 at a CAGR of 24%.

This growth lends itself to companies resuming operations and adapting to the new normal as we emerge and recover from the pandemic.

Previously, COVID-19 restrictions led to restrictive containment measures, remote working and the closure of commercial activities that resulted in operational challenges.

IoT use cases driving growth

The IoT services market consists of the sales of IoT services and their related products. IoT services are delivered by the IoT services providers. These providers provide consulting, security and analytics services as per the requirements of the business.

Major players in the IoT services industry are Cisco Systems, Cognizant, Google, Infosys and Tieto Corporation, to name a few.

An increase in IoT use cases is expected to drive the IoT service market; this is where IoT can be used to automate processes and increase productivity. As it has found many uses cases over the years, this increases the demand for IoT services and this is expected to drive growth.

Enhancing deployment workloads with edge or cloud computing

Despite the expected growth, low enterprise adoption is expected to hinder the IoT services market. Although IoT has its use in many industries, due to factors such as low awareness, enterprise adoption is low, the report states.

Only 29% of enterprises have adopted IoT solutions according to the Omida data survey.

Edge or cloud computing however is enhancing the deployment workload on IoT devices, according to the report. This solution facilitates data processing and data storage in the cloud.

Microsoft released its Azure IoT Edge recently. This fully managed service is built on Azure IoT Hub. By moving certain workloads to the edge of the network, businesses that utilise Microsoft’s IoT platform spend less time communicating with the cloud, react more quickly to local changes and operate reliably in extended offline periods. 

The IoT Services Global Market Report 2021: COVID-19 Growth and Change to 2030 is one of a series of new reports from The Business Research Company that provides an IoT services market overview

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