How can you trust the integrity of your critical data? From health data to driverless cars, a data security failure is catastrophic. Industrialized blockchain can help you achieve data integrity and ensure network security.
Consequences of data security failures
For organizations that work with critical, sensitive, or regulated data—for example, those that deal in energy, healthcare, or transportation— a serious data security failure could be catastrophic, not just for them as service providers and for their customers, but for whole industries, for major facets of the economy, and for the health and safety of employees and end users in a variety of situations.
For example, in 2015, hackers infiltrated Sony Entertainment’s network and later released confidential e-mails and unreleased movies to the public. But how can Sony know that the damage ended there? Just because only e-mails and movies were released to the public doesn’t mean that only e-mails and movies were affected. How can anyone be sure, for example, that the hackers didn’t also tamper with Sony’s internal data?
Data integrity nightmares
A worse (nightmare) situation could occur with a big healthcare provider. What if a hacker accesses a patient’s medical records, changes the information about the person’s blood type, and then the person dies from a transfusion? It’s the ultimate in worst-case scenarios. Someone has died, and you no longer know if any information in any patient record is correct. Suddenly, it’s impossible to know what’s real and what isn’t.
Data integrity also comes into play in the industrial supply chain. For example, an enterprise that manages a thousand computerized machine tools distributed across 10 facilities cannot send someone around to manually confirm that each one has the right configuration and software. It must be able to guarantee, remotely and at scale, that all setups are identical.
And in the future, where control of machines such as driverless cars will dependent on the software and the sensor data they use, a lack of data integrity (due to error or malice) could lead directly to death. And it would also undermine the public’s trust in both the technology and in the companies and organizations behind it.
Explore industrialized blockchain
To prevent such nightmares from coming true, it’s necessary to find a way to trust the integrity of your software, your data, and your infrastructure on an ongoing basis.
In our ebook on industrialized blockchain and data integrity linked below, we examine how blockchains can be used for integrity assurance, especially in the Internet of Things. Check it out and let us know what you think!