Top Five Security Challenges of the Expanding Edge in 2024


In 2024, edge devices are projected to hit a staggering 17.08 billion. And according to IDC, the data volume generated at the edge will skyrocket at a compound annual growth rate of 34% through 2027, surpassing growth rates of core data centers and endpoint devices. This surge is ushering in a new era of edge computing that will fundamentally reshape our data-driven world.

Edge computing is no longer a peripheral concept but a central player in our global network infrastructure. Though this advancement brings processing closer to data sources for increased efficiency, it also introduces a series of concerning security challenges. Understanding these vulnerabilities is essential to maintaining a robust security posture in increasingly complex network environments.

Five Critical Edge Computing Security Considerations:

  1. Increased attack surface : As the edge grows, so does your business’s attack surface. With billions of devices operating at the edge, malicious actors have more potential entry points than ever before—and growing. Without robust and responsive security strategies that can quickly adapt to threats at any point in your network, you risk falling victim to cyber-attacks that can lead to data breaches, operational disruptions, and significant financial and reputational damage.
  2. Data privacy and compliance: With processing occurring closer to where data is generated, not only must you manage the sheer volume of data coming in, but also ensure it complies with a complex web of data protection laws that vary by region and industry (e.g., GDPR, HIPPA, CCPA), to avoid breaches that could compromise customer privacy and your company’s integrity.
  3. Network security: As data moves between edge devices and the central network, it becomes more vulnerable to unauthorized access or interception. To protect the data in transit at every point of vulnerability, robust encryption and secure communication protocols are essential to keep cyber hackers out and confidential information safe.
  4. Device and endpoint management: With the sheer volume and variety of devices in your edge environment, centralized management and security monitoring has become more complex, but critical. To maintain integrity across the network, you need to be able to continuously identify, authenticate, and monitor the status of each device, while also ensuring they meet security compliance across its lifecycle.
  5. Scalability of security solutions: As edge computing environments grow, security strategies must grow to evolve with it. Traditional security measures are no longer sufficient. Today, a more flexible and intelligent system is required—one that can quickly learn from and respond to new threats as they emerge.

Edge computing offers tremendous potential to drive efficiency and innovation. But if your edge environment is not adequately protected, you’re opening the door to new, highly damaging threats that could undermine your entire network. With Aruba ClearPass, a robust network access solution that secures connectivity across an organization, you can safely realize anywhere, anytime connectivity while still maintaining a strong security posture that protects your business.

For more information about how Zunesis can help you secure your edge environment and embrace its many benefits using Aruba ClearPass, contact us here.







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