In just a few weeks’ time, pandemonium will again run wild, as 100,000+ descend on Barcelona for Mobile World Congress. For anyone who has been before, you know the run-up is filled with both anxiety and excitement.
I expect MWC’s major themes to again cover 5G and IoT, with mobile operators and ecosystem vendors having had another year to progress these technologies and provide real innovation for multiple industries.
The business of new mobile gadgets is, of course, expected and continues to pique the interest of almost everyone who attends. However, what captures my attention are the breakthroughs made in healthcare, automotive, and industrial IoT; these are three industries that could really achieve game-changing advancements to help society at large.
For example, advances in healthcare IoT devices and applications help keep patients connected to their healthcare providers and better manage diseases. From smart asthma inhalers and diabetes sensors and medicine delivery devices, to sensors for mental illness, the possibilities for a healthier future are endless.
Security at the Forefront
But no matter how impressive or exciting these devices are, security is often an afterthought. As we’ve previously discussed, “the rapidly-approaching deployment of 5G networks, combined with IoT device vulnerability has created a rich environment for mobile network cyberattacks.” Indeed, today’s world of interconnected devices is vulnerable to hackers who would love nothing more than to leverage IoT data for nefarious purposes.
Without robust security, these devices can be quite dangerous.
We’ll be at MWC to discuss cybersecurity solutions for 5G networks and IoT devices. Stop by and say hi to our onsite experts if you’re likewise in Barcelona.