A look ahead to Mobile World Congress 2017

This blog post was written by Nick Viney.

It’s nearly that time of year again!

Next week, Mobile World Congress will get underway in Barcelona, Spain, and as usual there are a few hot topics which will dominate chatter in the Fira Gran Via.

After last years’ conference, I wrote about some of our plans for 5G, including the birth of a “network revolution” that will allow the growing number of connected devices to reach their full potential.

Well, it’ll come as no surprise to anyone that 5G will be a big topic again this year, as we start to address the potential security issues that may come with a hyper-connected future.

So where are we now?

It’s clear the connected world will soon outstrip the limited focus of just desktops and mobile, and in many ways it already has, even before the arrival of 5G. According to recent figures, smart home products will exist in 50% of households by 2020, while IDC predicts that worldwide wearable shipments will reach 213.6 million in the same year.

Clearly, much of this will start at home, and we know that any weak link in a connected home could put consumers, their devices and ultimately their data, at risk. In the last year, we’ve seen some of the worst vulnerabilities in IOT connected devices, and if consumers can’t trust technology, they simply won’t use it. Security makes that kind of trust possible, and so safeguarding those devices — as well as the infrastructure they rely on — is paramount.

Over the next couple of weeks, we’ll be talking about how McAfee is planning to help secure the future ahead of 5G, and ensure that our hyper-connected lives are safe, secure and private.

So, whether you’re heading to Barcelona or simply following the news from home, stay tuned for more announcements next week!

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