Trust and Security - Relevant or Not?

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At an invitation-only event, a priest and a prominent lawyer are discussing the importance of trust and security. The priest indicates that trust is a fundamental building stone in our society. He has heard confessions of thousands of people and, to this day, he is proud that he has never broken that trust, although there were many that caused him moral dilemmas. As an example, he tells of the very first confession he ever took in this very parish, a young man who confessed to having murdered someone. The priest had followed the case on TV and in the papers and the murderer had never been caught. As a priest, he was unable to break the trust and security of the confession.

At that moment, a man greets the priest by name, introduces himself to the lawyer, and adds proudly that the very first confession the priest had ever taken was his.

The man is later arrested, convicted and sent to jail.

  • Did the priest break the trust placed in him?
  • Is it moral for the priest to allow a murderer to run loose?
  • To whom did the information belong
  • What could he do with it?
  • Where is the line between morality and ethics?

What is the point of this story?

The modern enterprise is a blend of players that fulfil different tasks. These players can be part of the 'company' or part of the 'corporation' or part of the 'Extended Enterprise'. The days of the fully integrated organisation are long gone.

PLM systems need to communicate with each other, and with other enterprise systems. The technical solutions such as firewalls and data encryption appear to enable systems to pass data across organisational boundaries with some success.

But what will happen when the product information being generated by the products themselves - such as bearing wear statistics, or turbine breakdown frequency, or temperature fluctuations within generators - which all impact the product lifecycle - needs to get back to the people responsible for their service, manufacture or design?

To whom does that information belong? Who is allowed to access what information? Who is allowed to use information, who can just pass it along?

  • Should we address these issues?
  • Can we afford to ignore them?
  • Or do we just keep everything to ourselves and not share anything?

What do you think?