Trend Micro’s Project 2030 – A Glimpse into the Future

Trend Micro today released a visionary new report and video dramatization 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. Click here to learn more about Project 2030.

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:

  • AI tools democratize cybercrime on a whole new scale to individuals with no technical skill
  • Attacks cause chaos with supply chains and physical harm to humans through their cyber-implants
  • Social engineering and misinformation become more visceral and harder to ignore when delivered via ubiquitous Heads Up Displays (HUDs)
  • Massive IoT (MIoT) environments attract sabotage and extortion attacks targeting manufacturing, logistics, transportation, healthcare, education, retail, and the home environment
  • AI-powered obfuscation makes attribution virtually impossible, pushing the security industry’s focus towards incident response and IAM at the edge
  • 5G and 6G connectivity everywhere drive more sophisticated and precise attacks
  • “Everything as a Service” turns cloud providers into hugely lucrative targets for cyber-attackers
  • Grey markets emerge for those that want tools to confound workplace monitoring
  • Techno-nationalism becomes a key geostrategic tool of some of the world’s most powerful nations, with the gulf between them and the have-nots widening further

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 dramatization of the report is meant to be an engaging, entertaining way to visualize the future and enable organizations to think about how they will need to adapt to new realities.

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