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InsurTech at the Consumer Electronics Show. Data was a primary focus at the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, but more digital information means a greater risk of exposure to hackers. (Photo: Shutterstock)

CES 2019, which once centered on Consumers and Electronics (per its name), now extends far beyond consumers and focuses much more on software and data than on the electronics and hardware. To be sure, it still all comes together in physical devices, and elements like engineering and design are vitally important. But more and more, everything comes back to the data. In fact, at the opening of CES2019, it was declared that we are in the Age of Data. It is no secret that we are amassing data at practically unbelievable rates from a rapidly expanding array of sources. But what is truly astonishing is what IBM CEO Ginni Rometty termed “deep data” in her keynote – the 99% of the data that the world emits that is not even collected or analyzed today.

It is exceedingly important to explore all the issues and opportunities related to data. The top areas – all with big implications for insurance – are these six:

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