Mastering Security in the Zettabyte Era

The world is entering into a new chapter — the zettabyte era — in which massive data fuels the economy. (A zettabyte equals 1,000 exabytes, or 1 billion terabytes.) According to Cisco’s “2017 Annual Cybersecurity Report” (registration required), annual global IP traffic will reach 2.3ZB by 2020, a threefold increase over 2016. Two-thirds (66%) of it will be produced by wireless and mobile devices; wired devices will account for only 34%. The volume of global Internet traffic in 2020 will be a staggering 95 times greater than it was in 2005. Gartner estimates that by end of this decade more than 7 billion people and businesses and nearly 35 billion devices will be connected to the Internet of Things (IoT).

On the flip side of this global megatrend is the reality that the world is being exposed to an unprecedented number of cyber threats. After polling nearly 3,000 security professionals, Cisco says that many organizations still feel unprepared to cope with the radical implications resulting from the above. While 58% of respondents say their security infrastructure is up-to-date, a solid 37% do not share this enthusiasm and are more pessimistic.

Read how businesses can prepare for the potential risks posed by billions of connected devices, exponential data growth, and an unprecedented number of cyber threats on DarkReading.

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