Block title

-

IoT will become the biggest user of edge computing amidst increasing security concerns

- Advertisment -

From less than $1.5 billion in 2017 to an anticipated $9 billion by 2024, the worldwide edge computing market is set to show significant growth in the coming years. With expectations that around 31 billion Internet of Things (IoT) devices will be online by the end of this year, businesses are on the cusp of an exciting new era where they can unlock more insights from their data.

Gartner defines edge computing as an “emerging topology-based computing model that enables and optimises extreme decentralisation, placing nodes as close as possible to the sources of data and content. The edge enables IoT devices to process information right there and then, without having to send the raw data to data centres. “Accessing data in real-time can even mean the difference between life and death. For example, getting alerts on the medical condition of a patient or being notified of a car high jacking taking place,” says Andreas Bartsch, Head of Service Delivery at PBT Group.

Not only have IoT devices become significantly more sophisticated in design than earlier generations, but the ubiquitous connectivity that 5G will bring means that the capacity of what have essentially become mini-computers to collect data across a myriad of touchpoints will increase massively. Using the high computational power of the edge, companies can more rapidly adapt their supply chain to ship products and services where there is the most demand for it. In the retail environment, remote stores can send insights back to head office regarding which clothing ranges are selling well; stock levels can also be monitored much more effectively.

“By performing all this analysis at the edge, companies can reduce the load on their data centres, resulting in cost efficiencies due to the reduced centralised processing needed. This can, in turn, be enhanced with additional analysis at the data centre. Ultimately, companies become more agile in meeting customer demand or receiving alerts about factors that could impact operations,” adds Bartsch.

Computing at the edge is not without its risks

“Despite the advantages of decentralising computing power and data storage to IoT devices, companies must always remain cognisant of the cyber security dangers. With every device now becoming more sophisticated and having various connections into the organisational network, they present enticing targets to attackers looking to compromise or steal sensitive data,” says Bethwel Opil, Enterprise Sales Manager at Kaspersky in Africa.

One of the strengths of these devices, their diversity in design and function, also becomes one of its biggest weaknesses. With data processing happening on these devices outside the safety of a cloud data centre, companies must take the necessary steps to ensure these are well protected.

“An integrated cyber security strategy becomes essential to align all entry points into the business and to maintain an overall view of the level of protection (or weakness). Protection is not only a software thing. If people gain physical access to a device, that device is no longer secure. This could result in customer data or other competitive information being compromised.” Even so, security vendors are developing increasingly innovative solutions to maintain protection at the edge and on IoT devices.

“We are living in the digital era where the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) is well and truly underway. Driving its potential is how effectively companies analyse and pull insights from their data. Fortunately, protecting it will always be a priority. And it is in this space, where the most opportunities are unlocked,” adds Opil.

“The data strategy of any company, irrespective of industry sector and size, must consider not only the quality of data and how it is analysed, but safeguarding it as well. The edge has become a critical business enabler especially with IoT exploding in uptake. But throughout this, data governance and data cyber security measures must form a vital component to ensure future business growth,” concludes Bartsch. For more information visit: www.pbtgroup.co.za

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Latest articles

The March edition of EngineerIT has been published, another great read.

The March edition of EngineerIT has been published and is being delivered to subscribers. A PDF version is available for download. Click here.The articles...

Coronavirus-themed security attacks on the increase

By Indi Siriniwasa, Vice President at Trend Micro Sub-Saharan Africa When there is a crisis, there are those who will try and take advantage. Unfortunately,...

IoT will become the biggest user of edge computing amidst increasing security concerns

From less than $1.5 billion in 2017 to an anticipated $9 billion by 2024, the worldwide edge computing market is set to show significant...

ICASA calls on licensees to make communication services more freely available, while making regulatory concessions

Considering the recent developments with regards to the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has written to...

Nine South African students attended US Space and Rocket Centre for 10th annual space camp

Nine South African students recently travelled to the U.S. Space and Rocket Centre (USSRC) in Huntsville, Alabama, as part of the 10th annual Honeywell...

The global outbreak of COVID-19 has brought the world’s digital divide into sharp focus.

ITU News reports that the Internet is a vital communications tool for people and communities affected by the outbreak of the Coronavirus. As schools...
- Advertisement -

Cybersecurity in automotive industry presents a major challenge

Luxury vehicles are not exempt from cyber-attacks, even if a vehicle is designed with state-of-the art security and maintained with over-the-air software updates during...

Surveillance and security service providers must be PRiRA accredited

Any business operating as a surveillance or security service provider, be it for the installation, configuration, support and monitoring of CCTV equipment, for a...

Go cashless, boost SA’s informal sector and reduce COVID-19 spread

COVID-19 has unintentionally encouraged an increase in cashless spending. As a result of the World Health Organisation (WHO) announcement, people are being advised to...

Free coronavirus legal and risk guide

webberwentzel-coronavirus-bookletWebber Wentzel has prepared a legal and risk coronavirus guide in collaboration with their alliance partner, Linklaters. The guide offers practical tips to consider...

Space science: Cosmic rays are increasing at aviation altitudes

Over the past three years, cosmic radiation at aviation altitudes has increased by 12%. In January 2020, students of Earth to Sky Calculus and Spaceweather.com travelled to...