The battlefield equipment in national defense, public safety systems, transportation and aviation systems require mission critical protection for integrity of operations. These systems are strategic targets in sophisticated cyber warfare. The supply chain risks, potential loss of lives, and device heterogeneity exemplify the necessity for modernization.
Digital transformation is on trajectory to drive innovation in edge protection, process automation, and embedded mission-critical operations. Much of critical public infrastructure, utility grids, and industrial control systems are currently outdated and not cyber-protected. Imminent risks have no term limits. The emerging ecosystem of distributed computing will require a higher degree of trust in device identification, device authentication, permissioned admission controls and tamper-resistant content delivery. Further, this must be rooted in the notion of trustworthy ubiquitous devices and trusted data to power decision logic – namely process or policy-based actions. Untrusted devices and data without trust attribution will produce undesirable, and potentially tragic, outcomes.