Internet Users to Hit 3 Billion by End of 2014 says UN

The United Nations has published a new statement that says the number of Internet users worldwide will hit three billion by the end of 2014 with two thirds from the developing world. The report also notes the staggering growth of mobile users.

The findings on information and communication technologies (ICT) show a growing demand for Internet access and data worldwide.

Brahima Sanou, the Director of ITU’s Telecommunication Development Bureau, touted this newest record as a watershed moment in the world’s growing affinity for ICT.

“Behind these numbers and statistics are real human stories. The stories of people whose lives have improved thanks to ICTs,” said Mr. Sanou, adding “our mission is to bring ICTs into the hands of ordinary people, wherever they live. By measuring the information society, we can track progress, or identify gaps, towards achieving socio-economic development for all.”

But what does this mean for Internet security? With more and more people online and Internet threats and breaches on the rise, with new hacks seemingly every day, is the security industry destined to play catch up with user numbers?