Today sees the launch of episode two in Trend Micro’s innovative Project 2020 series of web videos. Project 2020 is our take on what society might look like at the end of the decade, how technology will shape that society and what could happen when the bad guys try to subvert it. We’re not saying everything in these videos is going to come true but we need to get people talking and thinking about the online threats we as businesses, consumers and employees may face.
Trend Micro offers the 3 C’s of security: complete end-user protection, cloud and data centre security; and cyber security defences to stop the most advanced threats on the planet. From this unique position we see on a daily basis the best the bad guys can throw at us, and we pride ourselves on having the people and tools needed to defend our customers but also to take the fight proactively to the criminals. Well, what better way to be proactive then to think about tomorrow’s threats?
Specifically, the world imagined by our series propels us into a time when the “internet of everything” is no longer something largely talked about in theoretical terms but an integral part of daily life. In the nation of South Sylvania, all citizens consume personalized digital content through glasses or contacts, switching between their many online profiles via a centralized hub called The Switch. The nation is even preparing for its first ever all-digital election made possible by this interconnectedness.
Trend Micro is asking the question “what would happen if this internet of everything and the augmented reality we rely on, made possible by the hundreds of billions of wirelessly connected devices around us, is taken down by hackers…?”
Episode 2 – Stay Calm
The second part of our series takes up where we left off in the opening installment, with South Sylvania’s national infrastructure crippled by a massive denial of service attack, which has already claimed its first casualties.
In what is being dubbed The Great Switch Off, financial systems grind to a halt, employees can’t access corporate systems and even hospitals are left unable to access pharmacy dispensaries. With the city in chaos and casualties mounting, it begins to seem that the denial of service attacks may simply have been a distraction, covering up a much deeper intrusion.
Desperate to find out who caused the meltdown and how to stop it, the employees at the Switch are in a race against time to track the source of the failure
The Project 2020 video series is based loosely around a white paper drawn up by Trend Micro and Interpol for business-led not-for-profit the ICSPA. The report details several scenarios depicting the evolution of cyber crime by the year 2020, all built around three core stories: those of digital native Kinuko; SMB Xinesys and content service provider Lakoocha; and the government of emerging, tech-savvy nation South Sylvania.
We hope that dramatizing these stories in a more compelling format will help to broaden the debate about our cyber security future, drawing in everyone from school kids to business leaders and law makers. It’s a debate that desperately needs to happen and one that Trend Micro, with our industry leading expertise in end user protection, cloud and data center security and proactive cyber security threat protection, can help to lead.
Each video is less than 5 minutes long, so click through today to see what all the fuss is about and join in the conversation.