Trust series II: How is trust different in computing?

Trust in computing today is different from human trust because trust is basically implicit. Trust is defined by humans, it is determined and interpreted by humans by an assessment of history provided by the human experience and the history of that experience of a given technology. (i.e. We trusted WPA until the recent discovery of its discovered weakness). Computers do not yet learn trust as humans do, there is no continued assessment of historical data that is automatically assessed by a computer. A computer must rely on humans to decide whether another system is “trusted” or not based on a variety of factors such as known state, historical exploit data, virus or malware infection etc. This puts humans at a great disadvantage because they cannot possibly monitor all interactions a particular system has. This has given rise to behavioral analytics which I will try to cover in a later post but this concept is of great historical significance as it truely affects us all and the automation of future systems.




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