Wednesday, 14 March 2018 00:25

Digital transformation and IoT driving cybersec spending to $134 billion annually by 2022

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With layered approaches to digital transformation and IoT driving cyber security, spending is predicted to grow 33% from 2018 to an annual figure of US$134 billion over the next four years.

The latest data from the analytical gurus at Juniper Research is contained in its newest report, dubbed "Cybersecurity: Mitigation Strategies for Financial Services, Operators, Enterprise & IoT 2018-2022." 

The report, which as always is on sale to relevant parties at relevant prices, found that "nearly 70% of 2022 spend would originate from medium-sized businesses, as cybercriminals target ‘low-hanging fruit’".

In the context of strategies for financial services, mobile operators, enterprise and IoT service providers, Juniper says its research "highlighted that stakeholders’ digital transformation and IoT endeavours were key catalysts for increasing spend to defend assets from threats".

Cyber attacks: not if, but when

Juniper states that it :anticipates that the cumulative cost of data breaches between 2017 and 2022 will reach US$8 trillion, with variable per-business losses depending on the nature and scale of the attack.

"Shipping company Maersk, for example, estimated the cost of NotPetya infecting its global network in 2017 at between US$200 and US$300 million."

Juniper argued that, "as a result, stakeholders must plan in terms of risk mitigation rather than prevention. It predicted that service providers in high-risk environments would be forced to restructure their networks to avoid potential compliance breaches, data theft or service outage".

Research author Steffen Sorrell explained: “Once a single endpoint is breached, the big danger is lateral movement across the network. Layered networks, proper lifecycle management and user ‘least privilege’ approaches will prove key to containing serious breaches.”

Security through flexibility

Meanwhile, the research found that "securing the IoT, with 46 billion connected units anticipated in 2021, would require more forward-thinking. With devices ‘in the field’ for years at a time, adopting a cybersecurity strategy that is flexible enough to react to future demands would be essential".

"It highlighted the fact that cyber criminals’ efforts soon render modern approaches less effective. For example, the Cerber family of ransomware has analysed how machine learning systems detect malware behaviour and applied evasion techniques as a result."

As per usual, there's a free whitepaper with more market insights to tempt you into acquiring the full research, and it is entitled: "Cybersecurity ~ How can service providers save the bottom line?". 

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