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Richard Spires: Trust Mgmt Key to Online Info Sharing, Data Defense

Richard Spires
Richard Spires

Richard Spires, CEO of Resilient Network Systems, has highlighted the concept of trust management as a potential method to both address concerns on data privacy and protection and also leverage the Internet’s functions.

In an opinion piece published Tuesday on FCW, Spires writes that he believes current online security tools are not enough as applications across the Internet and technologies such as the Internet of Things expose personally identifiable information to threats such as identity theft.

That threat comes as we give our personal information to access services and these platforms scatter our data across applications, he says.

“[We] must rely on websites and online service providers to protect our privacy and security, whether we want to trust those organizations or not.”

Spires also notes that current approaches such as enterprise-based architectures have limitations in enabling data integration between platforms, which he says is important capability for managing regulated data like medical records.

He believes that trust management will address these concerns by focusing on trusted interactions to bolster both online information sharing and data privacy.

“Establishing a system for trust management requires a common infrastructure for specifying policies that can protect yet enable access to data and systems, representing identities and credentials, and evaluating and enforcing an organization’s policies – all while maintaining privacy,” he writes.

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