Optiv Cybersecurity Dictionary

What is Edge Computing?

Edge computing is an open IT architecture model that distributes computation and data storage toward the “edge” of the network. Data is processed by the device itself or by a local computer or server, rather than being transmitted to a centralized data-processing warehouse. Since the edge is where data is generated, the practice improves network response and saves bandwidth.


Edge computing is driven by data-stream acceleration, allowing real-time processing. Applications and devices can respond nearly instantaneously, which is essential for emerging technologies like self-driving cars.


The adoption of edge computing will have substantial implications for the way the distributed data is protected and secured.


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