What is Digital Trust?
Society is now digitally connected in a pervasive way, with online interactions foundational to individual and business communication, transactions, and processes. Digital transformation has continued to accelerate in recent years, with remote processes replacing face-to-face interactions; devices, systems, and facilities becoming Internet- or network-connected; and new deployment methods changing the landscape of IT architectures. In this environment, digital trust is an essential requirement of online operations. Digital trust is what enables individuals and businesses to engage online with confidence that their footprint in a digital world is secure.
In the early days of the Internet, digital trust centered on interactions and transactions between users and websites, secured with a public key infrastructure (PKI), a technology that delivers authentication, encryption, and integrity to a digital interaction. With digital transformation expanding the use cases for PKI, trust has now become the backbone for security in the connected world: for securing users, software, servers, devices, digital content, documents, digital rights, identity, and more.
The delivery of digital trust in our connected world hinges on four key elements:
- Industry and technology standards that define what constitutes trust
- Compliance and operations that govern delivery of trust
- Software that provides management of public/and or private trust within an organization, with centralized visibility and control over digital certificate lifecycles
- Extension of trust through ecosystems, such as across device lifecycles, software supply chains, consortiums, and more.