The future will see the end of the desktop computer and its replacement by smartphones.
In an interview with SC Magazine, Kaspersky CEO Eugene Kaspersky said: “Very soon in our lives computers and the internet will disappear and they will be replaced with smartphones and mobile networks and 5G. Devices are getting much more powerful and a device such as the iPhone is much more powerful than my desktop from eight years back.
“Machines are smaller, more powerful and have more CPU and getting better and better but one day we will have a limit on our needs. We do not need more – like cars, we don't need more from cars – there are only so many buttons and so much speed -- there is a good music system, space for luggage, heater for your back, so we do not need more.
“With computers it is the same, we do not need more memory, so there is a limit of needs – 1TB is more than what we need.”
He went on to claim that smartphone devices will be powerful enough to replace notebooks with implications for security. He said: “It is easier to build true security into a telephone. If ISPs don't move to mobile phone areas they will have big problems in the future.”
When asked if the shift to mobile will reduce threats, he said: “There will be an opportunity to introduce regulation to reduce threats, but mobile networks are under control and companies who produce phones will be more than happy to have fingerprint control.”
Commenting, Neil Cook, head of technology services EMEA at Cloudmark, said: “I cannot see the phone replacing a corporate desktop, which is second as a priority. It may change, but spam is not getting better and people will want to use phones less.
“Mobile providers are much more privileged than the ISP as mobile operators control the whole value chain.”