Trend Micro Emphasizes Importance of IoT Security at Pwn2Own Tokyo 2018

Micro Incorporated
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), a global leader in cybersecurity solutions, today announced
details of its fall security research competition, Pwn2Own Tokyo, run by
the Zero Day Initiative (ZDI). This year’s contest is expanding to
include IoT devices in a reflection of the growing ‘Internet of Threats’
facing businesses and consumers.

“Gartner predicts that approximately 25 billion IoT devices will be
connected in 2021 and that number will continue to increase for the
foreseeable future.”1 Knowing IoT connectivity will continue
to be part of daily life, the ZDI wants to encourage vulnerability
research in these pervasive devices to help harden the ecosystem through
the coordinated disclosure of bugs.

“The Internet of Things is rapidly expanding into all aspects of our
lives, from the smart home to the factory floor and connected cars, but
products are often rushed to market without enough attention paid to
their security,” said Brian Gorenc, director of vulnerability research
for Trend Micro. “The ZDI is committed to helping remedy this situation
by revealing vulnerabilities to vendors and minimizing their risk of
being exploited. That’s why we’ve extended the scope of this year’s
Pwn2Own Tokyo contest beyond the standard mobile devices. We’re looking
forward to seeing what some of the world’s best researchers bring to the

Formerly known as Mobile Pwn2Own, the event has been renamed Pwn2Own
Tokyo to reflect its wider focus. The contest will take place on
November 13-14 during the PacSec
, with nine devices as potential targets across five
different categories, and over $500,000 in cash and prizes available to

Mobile device targets include the Google Pixel 2, Samsung Galaxy S9,
Apple iPhone X, Huawei P20 and Xiaomi Mi6 devices. IoT devices included
this year will be the Apple Watch Series 3, Amazon Echo (2nd
Generation), Google Home, Amazon Cloud Cam Security Camera, and Nest Cam
IQ Indoor.

Contestants will be competing for the prestigious title of Master of
Pwn, which comes with a trophy, jacket and an additional 65,000 ZDI
reward points. Cash prizes per vulnerability range from $25,000 to up to
$150,000 for the Apple iPhone X.

Trend Micro’s commitment to IoT security expands beyond this event,
including the company’s recent announcement
to support device makers seeking to release secure products from day
one. Additionally, Trend Micro Research is committed to identifying
high-risk areas across the connected landscape to inform and equip
business to best mitigate these threats.

For complete information about Pwn2Own Tokyo, please visit:

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1Gartner, Security and Engineering — Converging or
Colliding?, Wam Voster, 18 June 2018

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