Addressing cybersecurity challenges

JONNY VOON | February 5, 2019

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We live in an increasingly digitally-enhanced, connected world. From voice-controlled smart door locks for the home, to fully automated manufacturing and logistics systems, we rely on technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to cater for our lifestyles, our goods and services. These advances promise us a more convenient, a more productive and a more entertaining future. New technology brings new risk But with greater technologies and innovation comes potentially greater risks in new areas that we could only imagine 20 years ago.

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