Outpost: Edge Infrastructure Security in 2023
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As the number of workloads and data processing moves closer to network devices or edge locations, the importance of security at the edge also grows.
Solutions Review’s Expert Insights Series is a collection of contributed articles written by industry experts in enterprise software categories. Scott Gould of Element Critical sets up an outpost at the edge, and guides us through building edge infrastructure security in 2023.
Edge computing helps businesses take full advantage of emerging technologies, reach new markets, solve latency issues, and scale their businesses. With these advantages and more, it is clear why organizations are distributing workloads beyond the core. In fact, according to a study from Gartner, by 2025, 75 percent of enterprise data will be generated and processed outside the traditional data center or cloud. As the number of workloads and data processing moves closer to network devices or edge locations, the importance of security at the edge also grows.
While edge computing can create many business opportunities, the rapid increase in diverse networking points has only increased IT infrastructure security concerns as businesses work to protect sensitive data as it travels from the core to the edge. As a result, these security risks are transforming how companies manage data and network traffic to ensure computing infrastructure remains secure. Datacenter providers play a role in this transformation by advancing physical security capabilities and offering a menu of partnered managed service solutions to enhance cybersecurity resilience and protect customer data and IT infrastructure.
Here’s what to keep in mind to make sure your edge infrastructure is secure in 2023.
Edge Infrastructure Security in 2023
With More Devices and Expanded Infrastructure, Security Should be a Priority
As the need and demand for internet connectivity rises, any device connected to a network must be safe, reliable, fast, low latency, and secure. IDC predicts that there will be 55.9 billion connected devices worldwide by 2025. That is a substantial number of vulnerable devices.
From a business perspective, private, high-speed, and low-latency interconnected networks benefit daily operations and delivering services and content. However, keeping the systems and connections secure is the challenge. By deploying distributed edge firewalls, utilizing private or virtual private networks via colocation data centers and on-premise or cloud environments, companies can distribute their security and compliance policies all the way to the edge where data resides. Direct cloud connectivity will require end-to-end encryption and dynamic virtual routing (VIP) with private gateways to exchange data from cloud storage and back to edge locations. Colocation providers offer an ecosystem of carriers and managed service providers that can assist in building secure networks, and data centers can provide physical security, such as preventing computing equipment from disaster.
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Vice President of Business Operations at Element Critical
Scott Gould is Vice President of Business Operations at Element Critical. Scott Gould is a strategic leader with twenty years of experience maximizing business results and P&L improvement through process transformation, development of supply chain strategies, and driving standardization.