Devices in the smart world and their data are interconnected to virtual service layers. Our bright visions of smart cities, smart industries, autonomous driving or personalized health depend on a complex data supply chain.
The dependencies are manifold.
The rise of machine learning and artificial intelligence is tied to the
integrity of the data feeding the machines. Not so long ago it was often
claimed that “Data is the new Oil” needed for the future of a connected economy
But this is only partly true.
In fact: You need “trusted”
data and “trusted” devices providing data services. As machine learning is
relied on more often for automated decisions, Cybercriminals can try to attack machine
learning algorithms. Influencing the training data is highly dangerous, with
the goal of manipulating the results of the machine learning algorithm
So, data without trust becomes
worthless, even worse: poisonous. Without trust our bright vision of smart
services will go nowhere. That’s why we must claim “Trust” as the new Gold.
Trust in the supply chain
But it is not only the data itself that depends on trust. In the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) the optimization of industrial processes by interconnected service will be the main enabler for the next industrial revolution – aka Industry 4.0. Turning industry towards a smart ecosystem is a paradigm shift towards cybersecurity models and an interconnected mindset.
Trust will become essential.
Industry has always been highly
aware of safety and security. In automotive manufacturing a single downtime of
a factory assembly line can easily cause costs of USD 22.000 per minute. Reliability
in the manufacturing process is everything.
In decades of digitalization
this industry has built a strong network of reliable suppliers and strong certification
processes. But now, with the rising connectivity of the Industrial Internet of
Things, such well-balanced digital industrial compartments face a new
complexity. The Industrial Internet of Things requires a strong security and
trust chain. Trust needs to be an integral part starting from hardware
platforms, operating systems, quantum safe encryptions towards data integrity.
A single weak point in the chain can break the security of the overall system.
With interconnection of
industrial processes, we can increase tremendous productivity but only by
leaving the closed compartment architectures. Industry must challenge this
paradigm shift and implement a holistic view of cybersecurity. Otherwise the
promised fourth industrial revolution will become stuck.
Trust is a global and holistic challenge
Currently we can see that
trust is becoming a scarce commodity in the race of the global economic
superpowers. The question of trusting providers of components for critical
digital infrastructures is on the political agenda. Digital distrust has become
a significant political topic, whether you look at the discussions in the
United States, Asia or Europe. The rise of distrust is starting to affect the
speed of digitalization.
It is impossible to build a 5G
infrastructure for future data highways or a smart power grid infrastructure,
when distrust dominates the technical supplier ecosystem. What we need is trust
in global digital supply chains. That’s why Trust is the “new Gold” pays into the
building of our future infrastructure for Smart Cities, Industry 4.0 and Smart
Siemens has identified early on that trust is the fundament of digitalization. With the Charter of Trust the company has initiated a community movement to implement Trust on a broad level. Starting from traditional industrial companies towards the software industry and political stakeholders. The partners of The Charter of Trust have committed to a common value set and the goal to foster Trust with a holistic approach in their daily business.
Without trust in digitalization we are nothing. With trust, we can gain everything. That’s why I appreciate the Charter of Trust.