The Cisco 2010 Midyear Security Report shows some staggering statistics about the number of online devices, mobile applications and security threats projected to be around in 2013.
- In 2007 there were 500 million connected devices or 1/10th of a connected device per person worldwide. In 2010, there are now 35 billion (5 connected devices per person). In 2013, Forester Research projects that there will be 1 trillion (140 per person) connected devices.
- In 2007 there were about 3000 total mobile applications. In 2010, there are 265,000 mobile applications. Current growth trends estimate in 2013 there will be 1.5 million mobile applications.
- In 2007 there were approximately 624,000 security threats (the document doesn’t specify what this really means). In 2010, there will be 2.6 million security threats. The Symantec and Cisco projection for 2013 predicts 5.7 million security threats.
It is amazing how much things in the IT world have changed in the past three years and taking that projection out another three years seems staggering. How is an organization supposed to handle the growing environment and the growing threats? Cisco offers some suggestions in this report:
- Close gaps in situational awareness. Be aware of the totality of the network.
- Focus first on solving “old” issues – and doing it well. Begin making improvements in the area of software updates and patches.
- Educate your workforce on security – and include them in the process. Remember in information sec-u-r-it-y, You Are IT (U-R-IT). Kinda cheesy I know but it is a basic truth. We are all responsible for IT security.
- Understand that one security border is no longer enough. Business has now become borderless and mobile.
- View security as a differentiator for your business. “How an enterprise approaches security and responds to trends such as social networking and mobility can have a direct impact on ability to hire and retain talent.”
What do you think is going to happen in the next 3 years with regards to devices, applications, and security threats? Is the Cisco on target, or off base? Let me and other ITKE readers know your thoughts. Thanks for reading and let’s continue to be good network citizens.