A Glimpse into the Future: Trend Micro's Project 2030

Connectivity, data, and AI will change the way we live, work and operate in society

SYDNEY, February 3, 2022Trend Micro Incorporated (TYO: 4704; TSE: 4704), a global cybersecurity leader, today released a visionary new report and video dramatisation articulating how the world might look at the start of the next decade — and how the security sector might respond to evolving cybercrime innovation.

By 2030, connectivity will impact every aspect of daily life, on both the physical and psychological levels. Malicious threat actors will evolve to use and abuse technological innovation – as they always do

“Project 2030 is not a definitive vision of what will be, but a thought-provoking take on what could be — detailing a future that is plausible based on current technology and trends,” said Rik Ferguson, Vice President of Security for Trend Micro. “We hope this possible future will spark a debate within the security industry and wider society. Only by carefully anticipating future scenarios can we offer governments, businesses, and individuals a way to prepare for the cyber challenges of the coming decade.”

“Cyber-threats are constantly evolving to match the sophistication of our digital environment,” said Mick McCluney, Technical Director ANZ, Trend Micro. “Many of the threats highlighted in this report may seem similar to what we face today, however, it’s clear that automation and AI will transform how these attacks happen. In order to prepare for this future - as businesses and individuals - it is critical that regulation and education is prioritised, and technology is evolved to meet the demands of tomorrow.”

The report itself looks at the world in 2030 through the eyes of a fictional citizen, a business, and a government. It offers a detailed analysis of evolving cyber threats and how these might impact security stakeholders.

Among the predictions are:

“The exponential growth of modern technology has brought abundant future possibilities, along with cybersecurity challenges,” said Dr.Victoria Baines, cybersecurity futurist. “These scenarios and their associated threats will require changes to the business and regulation of cybersecurity. The cybersecurity industry must evolve both technology and training to prepare for a future in which everything is connected and at risk.”

A successor to Trend Micro's acclaimed 2012 report, Project 2020, the new paper was compiled from open-source research, vendor threat landscape reports, scientific abstracts, patents, an invitation-only online survey, and a CISO poll. The video dramatisation of the report is meant to be an engaging, entertaining way to visualise the future and enable organisations to think about how they will need to adapt to new realities.


About Trend MicroTrend Micro, a global cybersecurity leader, helps make the world safe for exchanging digital information. Fuelled by decades of security expertise, global threat research, and continuous innovation, Trend Micro's cybersecurity platform protects hundreds of thousands of organisations and millions of individuals across clouds, networks, devices, and endpoints. As a leader in cloud and enterprise cybersecurity, the platform delivers a powerful range of advanced threat defence techniques optimised for environments like AWS, Microsoft, and Google, and central visibility for better, faster detection and response. With 7,000 employees across 65 countries, Trend Micro enables organisations to simplify and secure their connected world. http://www.trendmicro.com.au/

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