Internet Security

Billions Don't Trust the Internet - What Can Be Done?

Speaking at the CeBIT tech fair in Hanover, European Commission vice-president, Neelie Kroes, claimed that billions of people around the world do not trust the internet. With an increase in cyber-attacks and security warnings constantly populating the news, there is a worry that as the internet develops, security is severely lagging behind. Ms Kroes said that, “the next phase of the internet will be data-centred and connectivity-driven. Cloud computing, big data, the internet of things; tools which support manufacturing, education, energy, our cars and more. The internet is no longer about emails.”

Drawing on what Ms Kroes said, it has been said that the Internet of Things - objects and appliances with embedded sensors and chips capable of communicating online - will result in 50 billion devices being connected to the internet by 2020. Many of these will have little impact on the enterprise, fridges and bathroom scales, for example, but a lot will. Workers will be using more devices to get their work done and they will expect the business to support these devices. Except that isn’t a vision of 2020... it’s an issue businesses are facing now.

As we move into this world where ‘everything’ becomes connected to the internet, we need to be prepared and it is clear that there needs to be more understanding of the user, the network, the app, and what people are trying to do when using the internet. The only way to achieve this is with comprehensive multi-layered security which can deliver the level of security consistent with the expectations that consumers and customers have of the internet services that they use.

Network perimeters are collapsing, and IT now has to contend with a huge number of devices and a huge number of applications that may well be beyond the traditional network perimeter. As more people, devices and applications get connected, businesses will need to be able to scale their architecture to meet the growing demand and ensure security remains a priority in the process.

Security risks are bound to rise as the scope of the internet grows. But with the right tools, and a public educated about how to protect themselves, there is no reason for people not to trust online services and prevent themselves from the benefits that they can provide.


Gary Newe, technical director for UK, Ireland and sub-Saharan Africa at F5 Networks


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Gary Newe

Gary Newe, technical director for UK, Ireland and sub-Saharan Africa at F5 Networks

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