RSAC 2023 | Cybersecurity research on edge computing generates big interest

May 10, 2023  |  Theresa Lanowitz

RSAC 2023 was a huge success. We launched our 2023 AT&T Cybersecurity Insights Report, which was met with enthusiasm by the industry and the media. In fact, Will Townsend, writing for Forbes, noted that our report joined other great research by industry peers who are striving to do more than just provide security solutions.

“RSAC 2023 could be best characterized by its emphasis on the advantages and disadvantages of AI and numerous published cybersecurity reports designed to raise awareness of threats and subsequent remediation, in addition to cybersecurity platform enhancements. These subjects are a definite departure from the past few RSAC events, which seemed to be zero-trust "me too” conventions. It is a welcome change, given that the emphasis on improving security outcomes benefits everyone.” Read more >>

Townsend perfectly captures the AT&T Cybersecurity mission to help business leaders understand both the business and security landscape - and how it’s evolving as technology continues to change the way we work and live. After listening to the challenges organizations are encountering, it’s clear that research and understanding the business landscape are essential parts of a responsible cybersecurity vendor strategy.

DDoS versus ransomware – how does edge computing change the equation?

I participated in a panel discussion hosted by Channel Futures examining the challenges of securing critical infrastructure. The discussion kicked off with a Gartner prediction, “by 2025, 30% of critical infrastructure organizations will experience a security breach resulting in the halting of operations and/or mission-critical cyber-physical system.,” I spoke about our research findings that indicate a change in perceived attacks: when it comes to edge computing, DDoS is perceived as a greater attack concern than ransomware.

“One of the reasons cybercriminals are gravitating to DDoS is it’s cheaper and easier than ransomware.”  Read more.

I did a video interview with BankInfoSecurity.com discussing how edge computing and innovative use cases are changing the way we’re dealing with cyber resilience.

"Organizations are investing in the edge but they also know that their endpoints are changing," said Lanowitz. "They want to make sure they are futureproofing themselves and going to be dynamic in their cyber resilience. That's because the  security edge is not linear or a straight line. It's a circuitous, often confusing, and an often-changing environment that you will have to live with." Learn more >>

Watch the webcast discussing the AT&T Cybersecurity Insights Report findings.

If you prefer to listen to the research results, we have a webcast for you. Along with my colleague, Mark Freifeld, I take you through the characteristics of edge computing, the challenges edge computing creates because it’s so different from traditional computing, and key takeaways to help you develop your edge computing security strategy.

Here are a few highlights of other coverage that provide context for our research findings.




Finally, we have an infographic that provides a graphic look at the results and recommendations. If you have questions about the study, let me know! The best way to get my attention is via LinkedIn. Catch the recorded webcast here.


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