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Insights: Digital Trust

InfoSec in a world
without boundaries

Everything is connected, everywhere—so traditional
boundaries no longer apply. Digital trust is at the
core of security for this new borderless world.

Today, the digital is real and real is digital. Machines are the internet, the internet is apps, apps are made up of user data interfacing with networks. Today, workouts are data points, TV shows are streaming content, mobile phones run office meetings. The lines between personal and work are blurring.

This is a world where traditional terms, definitions, and modes of operating no longer apply to how and what we connect—which means traditional modes of security no longer apply. This new world needs more than just software and solutions. It needs digital trust.

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years’ worth of content streamed in 2021

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connected endpoints in 2021

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of data produced annually by 2025

What is digital trust?

As opposed to a single-use security application, digital trust is a complete architecture, made of practices, tools, systems and organizations that collectively protect an entire ecosystem—regardless of its size, use, or lack of easily defined boundary. With digital trust, businesses, governments, consortia, and individuals can confidently engage with a secure digital world. The four key elements of digital trust:

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Standards

A body of industry and technology leaders that define digital trust, just as the CA/Browser Forum defines standards for TLS/SSL web certificates.

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Compliance and operations

Compliance is the set of policies and audits that verify that operations are being conducted according to the standards set by a governing body. Operations, with datacenters at their core, verify certificate status through OCSP or other protocols.

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Public and private certificate lifecycle management

Software that provides centralized visibility and control over digital certificate lifecycles for public and/or private trust within an organization.

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Delivery across all ecosystems

Extension of trust into complex supply chains, across device lifecycles, into a content community’s digital rights provenance, and any other space where an object connects.

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Why is digital trust critical?

What makes digital trust different is not so much what it is but what you can do with it. The power of digital trust rests in its ability to move across spaces—from servers to users, software to IoT devices, and more—into new and existing systems.

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PKI—a foundation of digital trust

Public Key Infrastructure binds cryptographic public-private keys to identity using certificates attached to digital objects—like websites, emails, networks, software and users. Trusted for decades, PKI is proven security technology. Because digital trust relies on authentication, integrity and identity for deployment and operation, PKI is the perfect vehicle for delivering trust to people, systems and organizations.

Identity

Individuals, businesses, machines, workloads, containers, services, and anything else that connects must be authenticated with a cryptographically unique identity.

Integrity

Objects must be used and transmitted with tamper prevention, as well as tools for verifying that object hasn’t been altered.

Encryption

Data must be secured in transit.

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The responsibility of security professionals

Companies are the stewards of digital trust not only for their own internal employees and operations, but also for their customers, partners and extended communities. Vulnerabilities can no longer be viewed as isolated concerns in this new borderless world. Which is why security professionals must deploy software solutions and best practices that deliver digital trust to everything that connects—all the way to the edge.

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