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What CES 2023 Speakers Said About Cybersecurity  

Themes at the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas included sustainability, artificial intelligence and foldable devices, but information security also hovered over the discussion.

For all the companies pitching snazzy new products at the trade show, now in its 56th year, hardly any explicitly say how they handle consumer data and keep it safe, as The Washington Post reports.

Jen Easterly, director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, warned of the mounting cost of cybercrime in her CES address, the first by a cybersecurity official of her level. The White House has supported a “software bill of materials,” similar to food nutrition labels, that would inform customers about a product’s software components.

CrowdStrike CEO George Kurtz, who spoke alongside Easterly at CES, told Barron’s that a slowing economy historically leads to a rise in cybercrime. The broader economy also has implications for security spending, he notes. According to Kurtz, CrowdStrike is finding it takes longer and requires more layers of approval to seal deals.

Camille Stewart Gloster, deputy national cyber director for technology and ecosystem for the White House, in a CES speech, called for policymakers to think about better educating consumers on data security risks, as Broadband Breakfast reports. Stewart Gloster said her team is plotting a national strategy for building a stronger cyber workforce, “digital safety awareness” and more.

HuaweiSen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), spoke on a panel with a couple of fellow U.S. senators. In an interview with TechCrunch, he warned of national security risks from China-based companies such as Huawei and backed tougher antitrust regulation of the tech sector. “It’s crazy to me that we’ve still never had a data privacy law in this country,” Warner told the website.

As MarketWatch reports, tech legislation tends to be shifting from antitrust issues to broadband and cybersecurity, based on CES remarks from Warner and other lawmakers.

As Reuters reports, for the first time ever, CES had an official theme this year: “human security for all.” A number of panels focused on addressing global challenges such as food sustainability.

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