As the Data Explosion Ramps Up, Security Vulnerabilities Grow Exponentially
Several new studies make it clear that the data explosion is far bigger than most people could ever have imagined. Some say that it has gone past the point where human ability alone can even comprehend it, never mind manage it.
Statista data indicates that the total amount of data created, captured, copied, and consumed globally will rise to more than 180 zettabytes (ZB) per year over the next five years. 74 ZB of new data was created in 2021 alone, up from 41 ZB in 2019.
In case your eyes glaze over when things go beyond a megabyte (MB): if you multiply a MB by roughly 1000 you get a gigabyte (GB). By another 1000 and you get a terabyte (TB), another 1000 to get a petabyte (ZB), and then yet another 1000 to arrive at a ZB.
To put it another way, the three massive buildings of the American Library of Congress in Washington DC that hold the more than 170 million books, manuscripts and other material – all of that amounts to only 15 TB.
Another study by Capital One states that we now create as much information every two days as we did from the beginning of time until 2003. And more than 90% of all data in the world was created in the previous two years, according to Ocient. That report highlights the fact that almost everyone
(97%) believes the volume of data they manage will grow rapidly over the next one to five years. As few are coping well with the current volume of data, this spells trouble ahead in both the data management and the security arenas.
The IoT is a Security Nightmare
And then there is the looming threat of the Internet of Things (IoT). According to Statista, there were 8.6 billion IoT connected devices in 2019. By the end of this year, the number will surpass 13 billion. By the end of the decade, we will arrive at around 30 billion.
That is a lot of devices. Add to it the billions of smart phones, laptops, PCs, tablets, servers, switches, routers, and other endpoints in the world and what do you have? A security nightmare of epic proportions.
Each one of those scores of billions of devices represents a potential channel of incursion into the enterprise. We have already heard stories of IoT-connected coffee makers, fridges, and cameras being used by hackers to infiltrate networks.
There is no certainty that the billions of new IoT devices and sensors heading our way will be secure. It is a hard pill to swallow, but security remains something that usually follows on the wake of innovation. Developers and product creators develop their tools, inventions, and game changers – and once the security vulnerabilities begin to become apparent, safeguards are developed and put in place. Thus, there is always a game of catch up.
That’s why Syxsense Enterprise is such a must have in every enterprise. It automates the entire process of managing, monitoring, patching, scanning and remediating endpoints anywhere. It provides the necessary level of automation to make it feasible for IT to manage a vast number of endpoints, and soon, an even larger number of IoT devices and sensors. A new study pointed out that 71% of CIOs in large organizations admit that the ongoing explosion of data is beyond human ability to manage. 59% demanded a more automated approach to IT operations to avoid their teams becoming overloaded. That’s where Syxsense comes in. It automates all aspects of endpoint management and security. It is the only way to stay on top of patches, vulnerabilities, and endpoint security.