We live in a time when information technology is turning everything inside out. This presents challenges and opportunities for information security professionals. I had the pleasure this week of listening to a presentation by Michael Rogers at LegalTech in NYC. The subject of his talk was information technology in 2020. Mr. Rogers designates himself as a “practical futurist” and can be found at www.practicalfuturist.com. Here are my security-related takeaways from his comments:
- Everything will be more mobile. Although the size limitations of smartphones and portable computers might be seen to be a limitation, new input and output devices will be included to facilitate the concept of working anywhere. These include pico projectors to project screens on the wall and heads-up goggles. These devices will continue to make securing the enterprise and home more difficult.
- More and more relationships and business will be done virtually. While traditional business has been done through face-to-face handshakes, the millennial generation and succeeding generations are now more comfortable with virtual relationships. We need to come up with something to facilitate online trust. Can we create a federal standard for a secure legal identity?
- Mr. Rogers talks about the “Internet of things”, where everything has an IP address. More IP addresses mean more entry points for hackers, whether it be through Internet-connected cars or even Internet-connected dumpsters. The Internet-connected car could facilitate pay-as-you-go insurance, but could also be a target for fraudsters. I’m not sure about the risks associated with Internet-connected dumpsters!
The convergence of social media, mobility and cloud is going to challenge security professionals in these areas and many others!
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