A new range of disruptive technologies, collectively labelled The Fourth Industrial Revolution (4iR) is transforming the way we live and work by fusing the physical, digital and natural worlds together.
They offer myriad potential positive changes including the promise of greater efficiency and productivity, and improvements in service personalisation. But they also represent a new challenge for any organisation that needs to protect users, information, systems and processes. This is because many of these emerging technologies could equally present a significant threat to our safety and security.
This is particularly the case for those organisations that manage the infrastructure on which society runs. The consequences of malicious attacks or innocent errors rise substantially in their operating environments. That makes them obvious targets for those who want to cause disruption or harm.
Based on our experience of helping organisations in critical environments mitigate the risk of complex and emerging threats, QinetiQ has created this new report - Countering the Threat from Emerging Technologies.
It outlines what we believe are five of the most prevalent emerging technologies and the risks they could present to critical infrastructure organisations. For each one we provide:
- An overview of the current technology
- An outline of the potential threats
- An example of that threat presenting itself in the real world (where available)
- A clear set of recommendations to mitigate its impact in the future.
We hope that the organisations responsible for maintaining our infrastructure can use this report get on the front foot when countering the risks of new technology today, and reduce the chances of being caught out by unexpected situations in the future.