Have you ever wondered what life might look like at the end of the decade? How will we socialize? How will we consume goods and services? How will technology influence our lives and what might happen if the bad guys do their worst?
At Trend Micro we make it our job to ask those difficult questions every day. It’s one of the reasons why we’ve managed to stay ahead of the curve and protect our customers over the past 25 years against the backdrop of an ever changing threat landscape. It has helped us in the past to be the first to secure servers, mail servers, networks, gateways, mobile devices and the cloud.
Now we’re inviting you to join in the debate with our visionary series of online videos: 2020 the Series. Trend Micro has produced nine episodes in total, bringing to life the dramatic events as they unfold, one fateful day in 2020, in the fictional republic of South Sylvania. This is a technologically innovative nation where citizens are never offline – consuming individually tailored content via headsets or contact lenses from their Content Service Providers. This requires everyone to maintain multiple online profiles which they can switch between by authenticating via a secure centralized hub known as The Switch.
Unfortunately, hackers have launched a massive denial of service attack aimed at crippling the nation’s critical infrastructure. The Switch has been taken down meaning South Sylvania’s citizens are effectively offline, unable to switch between their profiles. Shadowy cyber criminal Yanek continues his plan to steal the voting population’s personal data after cracking The Switch’s quantum encryption, while casualties mount with hospitals unable to access pharmacy dispensaries, and chaos engulfs the country.
A police SWAT team bursts into the home of Kinuko, a young digital native and programmer. The cops interrogate her, believing the code she signed and delivered was responsible for taking down The Switch. Meanwhile, documentary footage shows the extent of the massive cyber attack on South Sylvania. All financial transactions are cancelled by the ‘Banking Union’ until The Switch can be brought back online – but in a cashless society, this means people will be unable to pay for basic groceries…
Now, of course Trend Micro isn’t saying such a situation will definitely befall us come 2020, but it’s important that we all start thinking about our cyber future so we can better prepare against such possibilities. In a world so fully reliant on digital channels for communicating, interacting with the government and consuming goods and services, what happens if the bad guys manage to interfere? In a world where the internet of everything has finally been realized, where billions of inter-connected sensors across the globe enable richer and more comfortable lives for us all, what happens when it all comes crashing down?
This innovative series of web videos is based on a white paper produced by Trend Micro and Europol for the not-for-profit International Cyber Security Protection Alliance. The idea was to bring to life the issues described in the research in an engaging and dynamic way, which will help to broaden the debate to reach all walks of life.
At Trend Micro we work day and night to provide the vital 3 C’s of cyber security: complete end-user protection, cloud and data centre security; and cyber security defenses. Our ability to continue doing so as threats morph over the next decade depends on a proactive, forward-looking approach company wide. Protecting data in the cloud; capturing threats at a network level to secure the evolving internet of everything; and creating user-centric security which protects data and privacy as individuals jump between networks and profiles, are already a major priority for Trend Micro.
Hopefully with Project 2020 we can all think a little more clearly about our cyber future and where the next major threats may come from. Each episode is only a few short minutes so click through today to follow the story so far.