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5G challenges in Spain

5G challenges in Spain

Palo Alto Networks has published its latest report, called “What’s Next in Cyber”, which analyzes cybersecurity habits and trends in Spanish companies. One of the main conclusions of the report is the analysis of security in the development of 5G technology in Spain, along with the implementation of a Zero Trust strategy, driven by hybrid work and tools such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT).

In relation to Zero Trust, it highlights that for its adoption, a cultural change and transparent communication is necessary to link it to business results and obtain benefits. According to the report, 60% of Spanish companies believe that they will adopt Zero Trust throughout 2023 due to the increase in the supply chain or supplier ecosystem.

In terms of digitization within Spanish organizations, 36% of respondents believe that Zero Trust is the most appropriate strategy to ensure their digital transformation initiatives. In addition, 4 out of 10 companies in Spain consider that there has been an increase in the recognition of cyber risks by boards of directors, along with the acceleration of digitization strategies.

With regard to cyber threats, the report highlights that AI and Machine Learning (ML) are increasingly proactive elements in their prevention. For its part, technology linked to IoT is presented as a growing risk factor that must be incorporated into the cybersecurity strategies of all companies. Forty percent of companies consider it important to protect IoT devices in operational and hybrid work environments.

The study also reveals that 9 out of 10 companies in Spain will invest in 5G over the next few months, as well as in AI (42%) and blockchain (22%). 5G networks and services promise transformative mobility by delivering an enhanced mobile broadband experience and enable the mass digitization of businesses and sectors. These networks also open the door to a new range of high-speed services for billions of devices, such as high-definition video devices, autonomous vehicles and smart cities.

Finally, the report notes that 52% of Spanish organizations are aware of the security challenges specific to 5G/4G, but do not have enough information about available solutions to work with it fully. Only 8% of companies say they are still analyzing the security challenges of this type of connection.