This week, we’re attending Mobile World Congress in Barcelona to discuss the future of mobility with industry leaders, visionaries and innovators. It’s exciting to learn about revolutionary ideas and products ushered in by the Internet of Everything (IoE), and it’s important to remember the cyber risks we must prepare for that come with the increased ease and convenience they bring. Our passion for cybersecurity drives us to encourage attendees to remember:
Smart device vendors must make cybersecurity a priority. It’s imperative that developers and vendors realize that their products can become targets for cybercriminals. We at Trend Micro work constantly to innovate, create and improve our security products and services to protect users, but it’s just as important to have smart devices that are as secure as possible in the first place. We encourage all mobile device vendors to develop their products with sound security practices in mind, as well as test them and update them regularly to ensure they remain secure in the face of new threats.
Creating policy for securing the Internet of Everything is key. Federal Trade Commission Chairwoman Edith Ramirez spoke at the Consumer Electronics Show in January about creating policies for companies “to enhance consumer privacy and security and thereby build consumer trust in IoE devices.” The three steps she recommended include:
We believe that by establishing written policies and adhering to them, we will begin to weave cybersecurity into company cultures that will make it a primary consideration when developing new technology.
Appoint a CISO with clear lines of communication to the IT department. A chief information security officer (CISO) is the official cybersecurity champion within an organization, and can drive efforts for mitigating risks and defending against threats. The CISO needs to have clear lines of communication with the IT department as well as fellow leadership executives and board members. It is imperative that they communicate any security concerns that could adversely impact the organization. In turn, it is important that the IT department is not afraid to speak up regarding perceived risks.
IoE presents an interesting challenge of creating well-designed network infrastructure that protects users, while not reducing the utility and convenience of devices. It calls for manufacturers and vendors to build security into their devices and products in the design phase. It calls for users to be informed of the risks and to do their part to mitigate them. And it calls for security providers, such as Trend Micro, to leverage our expertise and solutions to provide additional security controls for increased protection. Gartner predicts that 25 billion connected devices will be in use by the year 2020. We are ready and committed to doing our part to make our world safe for exchanging digital information. Are you?
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