In the coming years, corporate investments will increase to protect and regulate endpoints, from PCs to printers, to IoT and AR / VR devices.
According to market research firm IDC, 70% of managers expect, in the coming years, to be able to communicate with their collaborators without constraints related to the physical space of work and time.
In fact, the company workplace is changing under the pressure of the digitalization of processes and the way to consume and exchange information of new generations of workers, with the focus that is now shifting from “when you enter / when you go out / where you are” to “who you are” /What are you doing”.
Collaboration and communication are the new levers of efficiency and productivity, engines of the business transformation necessary to compete in the new digital economy. The obvious digital transformation of the workplace, however, if on the one hand promises more flexibility and a consequent improvement in the quality of work, on the other hides new dangers from the point of view of security and compliance, starting with GDPR.
Protecting and regulating the use of PCs, mobile devices, wearables, peripherals and smart IoT and AR / VR devices – inside and outside the company perimeter, in fixed locations or hotdesk – is becoming increasingly important and urgent.
According to the latest forecasts analyzed by IDC, corporate spending on endpoint security will grow globally from 4.2 billion dollars in 2016 to reach over 5.2 billion in 2020, with a CAGR of 4.4%.
Business spending in security for mobile devices will grow from $ 2 billion (2016 data) to over 3 billion in 2020, with a CAGR of more than 10%. Particular attention must be paid by companies to IoT devices and peripherals, underlines IDC, as they are destined to become the new cybercrime targets to penetrate corporate networks.
Smart IoT printers and devices are considered by IDC to be more vulnerable than PCs or mobile devices because of their nature of objects that must be made open and accessible to the entire organization. In addition, IDC research suggests that in many companies, print security solutions and services are lagging behind the level of IT security set up for the overall infrastructure.
It follows that ensuring the security of printing environments is a process often overlooked with a view to an overall security strategy. For this reason, IDC predicts that by 2020 the largest companies will reallocate 35% of their budget for document and print solutions, to secure the printer and multifunction fleet.