Not only practical and functional but also safe in a cyber world: connectivity, and the consequent security needs, have changed the rules by which we design new objects and services. It is one of the main themes that emerged from ‘Thales media day in Cybersecurity’ in Paris, a day entirely dedicated to raising awareness of the growing role of information security in the digital world in which we are immersed.
“Until a few years ago – said Bernard Quendt, head of technological development at Thales – when an object was designed, it was done thinking about two main elements: practical functionality and design, that is usability and aesthetics. Now in an increasingly connected world, we have a third fundamental element, cybersecurity “. It is a topic that is often difficult to grasp, with violations to the functionality of services or objects that in the vast majority of cases occur in an invisible and silent way that sometimes manage to overcome defense systems and have concrete effects, such as attacks on services. sanitary ware or when they manage to block the production chains of a large factory.
The numbers speak for themselves: in the last year alone, cyber attacks have exploded by 150%. “The increase in cyber attacks – said Patrice Caine. CEO of Thales – is mostly directly proportional to the speed of our digital transformation. The more the world becomes connected, the greater the ‘surfaces’ on which attacks can arrive”. Even the objects of our everyday life are now connected to each other or remotely controllable and for this reason it is no longer conceivable to design an object or a service without thinking, already in the very first phase of conception, the issue of safety, the so-called ‘security by design’ . A new paradigm still not very popular among non-specialists but which for cybersecurity experts can no longer be ignored.
“Even mobility is now facing this transformation – said Christine Caviglioli, one of the heads of the Automotive sector – cars are no longer imaginable as individual objects controlled by the driver. They are transforming themselves into highly digital tools, capable of interacting with the environment and connected to each other. They are increasingly part of a complex ecosystem “. In particular, self-driving cars, air or rail systems can no longer be the same objects and services designed decades ago, the new safety requirements are leading to rewrite their essence.
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