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Research roundup: fixing apps, phishing, 5G, social-media insecurity, public cloud

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by Peter Krass on 08/06/2021
Blog Category: cloud-and-data-centers

Fixing apps is a pain. Phishing attacks aren’t going away. 5G is expanding. Shopping on social media probably isn’t safe. And public-cloud infrastructure spending is growing fast.

That’s some of the latest from leading IT market watchers and industry surveys. And here’s your tech provider’s research roundup.

Fixing apps: a time-consuming pain

More than 40% of IT decision-makers in the UK spend 2 to 3 hours a week fixing issues related to productivity applications, finds a new Intel survey. And 1 in 3 of them spend the same amount of time troubleshooting videoconferencing applications.

When asked whether a more powerful or upgraded device would enable them to be more productive in their roles, nearly half of hybrid employees answered Yes. And about a third (37%) said that with better PCs, they could recover more than 6 hours a week of lost or unproductive time.

The Intel-commissioned survey was conducted by Sapio Research, and it reached people in 2 groups: 1,002 UK hybrid employees (people who work at home at least once a week); and 250 IT decision-makers employed by small and midsize companies (those with 26 to 1,000 employees).

Phishing: not gone yet

IT leaders at nearly three-quarters of organizations (73%) say they suffered a serious breach due to phishing in the last year. And over half of them (53%) say that in the last year, the number of phishing-related attacks they’ve suffered has increased.

That’s according to a new survey commissioned by Egress Software. The survey reached 500 IT leaders and 3,000 employees across the United States and the UK.

Working from home isn’t helping, either. Half the IT leaders polled believe full-time remote or hybrid working make it more difficult to prevent data breaches caused by phishing.

And be careful what you click on. In nearly a quarter of the organizations polled (23%), employees who were hacked via a phishing email were later either fired or left voluntarily.

5G: on a tear

Revenue from 5G network infrastructure will grow 39% this year, for a total of $19.1 billion worldwide, predicts Gartner. Last year, the research firm estimates, that revenue totaled $13.7 billion.

“The COVID-19 pandemic spiked demand for optimized and ultrafast broadband connectivity,” says Gartner researcher Michael Porowski. That includes demand for streaming video, online gaming and social media.

5G is now the fastest-growing segment in the wireless network infrastructure market. In fact, Gartner says 5G is the only significant opportunity in that market for investment growth.

Supply is expanding quickly, too. Last year only 10% of communications service providers (CSPs) offered commercial 5G services. By 2024, Gartner predicts, that figure will rise to 60%.

Social-media shopping: sure seems insecure

Social media may be fun, but it’s no one’s idea of secure.

In a new survey by PCI Pal, fewer than 7% of respondents said they feel very confident about their data security when buying a product or service over social media.

Last year, when PCI Pal conducted a similar survey, 70% of respondents said they would stop shopping with a brand, either for a few months or permanently, if it suffered a data breach ahead of the holidays.

Public-cloud infrastructure: 29% growth forecast

The combined market for public-cloud IaaS and PaaS is big and growing fast. (That’s infrastructure and platform as a service.)

For this market’s revenue, industry watcher IDC predicts a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of nearly 29% through 2025. That year, IDC says, the market will deliver revenue of $400 billion worldwide.

IDC expects the 3 largest workload segments by revenue in 2025 will be application development and testing, structured data management, and structured data analytics.

Adds IDC research manager Andrew Smith: “We expect all workload segments to grow in double digits.”


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