Trusted Identities in Digital Business: The Benefits of PKI

Strong and long-lasting business relationships have always depended on trust. Trust is a bilateral relationship—one party trusts, and the other is trusted. The backdrop for this has historically been industry rules and governance, allowing some sort of dispute to be decided on the basis of policy and regulation. The responsibility to mitigate these risks is well-understood, and so the required infrastructure (in the forms of legal, financial, and physical controls) has been developed to meet those organizational obligations.

But the fluid and dispersed nature of digital business has made it difficult to scale the trustworthiness of participants, whether they are people, institutions, or things. Cloud, BYOD, and SaaS applications are redefining (and expanding) the network security perimeter and trust boundaries. In a modern cloud environment, data is very fluid, agile, and capable of traversing domains. Next-generation security has to refine how all of this information is privacy-controlled and integrity secured.

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Trusted Identities in Digital Business: The Benefits of PKI

About Dr. Alea Fairchild

Dr. Alea Fairchild is an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Blue Hill Research. As a technology commentator, she has a broad presence both in the traditional media and online. Alea covers the convergence of technology in the cloud, mobile, and social spaces, and helps global enterprises understand the competitive marketplace and to profit from digital process redesign. She has expertise in the following industries: industrial automation, computer/networking, telecom, financial services, media, transport logistics, and manufacturing. Her clients are both commercial, government / public sector, NGO and trade associations. Dr. Fairchild received her Ph.D in Applied Economics from Limburgs Universitair Centrum (now Univ. Hasselt) in Belgium, in the area of banking and technology. She has a Masters degree in International Management from Boston University/Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, Belgium, and a Bachelors degree in Business Management and Marketing from Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. She is a masters Olympic weightlifter for Belgium, having won many international medals.
Posted on July 27, 2016 by Dr. Alea Fairchild

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