It’s that time of the year again – when the great and good of the consumer technology world descend on Las Vegas for a glimpse of the future. Yes, it’s time to shake off that holidays and get down to CES 2016: the world’s largest electronics trade show. With 170,000 attendees and more than 3,500 exhibitors expected this year, there’ll be plenty to offer to wow the crowds. But once again the biggest interest will be reserved for the next generation of mobile and Internet of Things technologies.
But before we get carried away by the latest hi-tech wizardry to come out of the show, let’s remember one thing: from smartphones to connected cars, new technology brings with it new privacy and security risks. To get the most out of these gadgets while protecting our private and corporate data, we as an industry need to do better to anticipate and head-off these challenges.
Drawing the crowds
The Consumer Electronics Show has been going for nearly half a century now and has always been the place to go to see what the world’s brightest and best technology makers are working on to make us happier, healthier and more productive. This year will be no different, according to the latest buzz from the show ahead of its official opening on Wednesday. Samsung is expected to reveal more details about its much anticipated Galaxy S7 flagship device along with plenty of additional news for fans of HTC, Sony, LG and other big name brands.
Automobile manufacturers will continue to maintain a major presence at the show, as cars come ever closer to resembling giant mobile computers – loaded with on-board entertainment systems, self-driving technology and much more. Expect the usual suspects including Tesla, Toyota and Ford, alongside the launch of a highly secretive electric car start-up: Faraday Future.
And what about wearables? Fitbit will likely be leading the way as manufacturers in the space look to add new services and functionality to tempt new customers to their respective platforms. There’ll even be the launch of the OMBra – being touted as the world’s first smart bra.
Securing the future
In the smartphone space security concerns have long been an issue for the Android platform, and 2015 showed us that the bad guys are also prepared to go after iOS users in a big way. We’re anticipating the number of malicious apps worldwide to hit the 20 million mark by the end of this year, driven by activity in China. It’s why we’ll continue to plough resources into forward-looking research to anticipate where the major threats might appear next.
With wearables, connected cars and other IoT systems, the dangers are potentially even more pronounced:
At Trend Micro we’re looking forward to all the latest exciting new innovations announced at CES this year. But we’re also hoping the show will build on its recognition last year of security as a key component of that innovation. Because only by working with the community and building protections in at the design stage can vendors hope to release safe, robust and secure products that can genuinely disrupt and delight.
The inaugural CyberSecurity Forum will take place on Wednesday, January 6 from 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. at the Venetian, Level 4, Lando 4301. During the 2:00 pm. panel, Trend Micro’s chief cybersecurity officer, Tom Kellermann, will speak along with fellow panelists Gary Kovacs, CEO of AVG Technologies; cybersecurity journalist Brian Krebs; and Suzanne Spaulding, Under Secretary for the National Protection and Programs Directorate at the Department of Homeland Security. For a complete agenda, please visit: http://cescybersecurity.com.
Enjoy the show!