There Are No Quick Fixes to Establish Digital Trust

World Economic Forum's Daniel Dobrygowski on How to Incorporate Digital Trust in IT
Daniel Dobrygowski, head of governance and trust, Centre for Cybersecurity at the World Economic Forum

Technology decisions should support goals beyond just security and reliability to establish digital trust. Daniel Dobrygowski, head of governance and trust, Centre for Cybersecurity at the World Economic Forum, WEF, recommends setting goals for technologies to enable digital trust. These include accountability and oversight, governance mechanisms, and inclusive, ethical and responsible use of technology.

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While it's easier to provision for trust at the outset when adopting new technologies, the challenge lies in incorporating its principles in legacy IT systems. "Establishing trust is not easy, so there are no quick fixes," Dobrygowski says.

He suggests evaluating risks as well as failures of governance, accountability and inclusivity inherent in the legacy technologies, and resolving them. If the issues cannot be fixed, prioritize finding out a new solution. Apply the lens of trust to decide what stays and goes when it's time for technology refresh and modernization.

In this interview with Information Security Media Group, Dobrygowski discusses:

  • How businesses should begin - and sustain - the digital trust journey;
  • Incorporating principles of digital trust into legacy IT systems;
  • Digital trust as key to driving business disruption and innovation.

With more than 20 years of experience in law, policy and education, Dobrygowski leads WEF's initiatives around security, corporate governance, privacy and digital trust. He is part of the founding leadership team of WEF's Centre for Cybersecurity and sits on the board of the Cyber Risk Institute.

About the Author

Shipra Malhotra

Shipra Malhotra

Managing Editor, ISMG

Malhotra has more than two decades of experience in technology journalism and public relations. She has been writing on enterprise technology and security-related issues. She has also worked at, Dataquest and The Indian Express.

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