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Sichere IT ohne Schwachstellen und Hintertüren [Secure IT without vulnerabilities and back doors]

TA TuP (Journal for Technology Assessment in Theory and Practice) 29 (1): 30–36
Arnd Weber, Gernot Heiser, Dirk Kuhlmann, Martin Schallbruch, Anupam Chattopadhyay, Sylvain Guilley, Michael Kasper et al. (2020)
Information technology and systems
Cybersecurity, sovereignty, open source, verification,
supply chain risks
Increasing dependence on information technology calls for strengthening the requirements on their safety and security. Vulnerabilities that result from flaws in hardware and software are a core problem which market mechanisms have failed to eliminate. A strategy for resolving this issue should consider the following options: (1) private- and public-sector
funding for open and secure production, (2) strengthening the sovereign control over the production of critical IT components within an
economic zone, and (3) improving and enforcing regulation. This paper
analyses the strengths and weaknesses of these options and proposes
a globally distributed, secure supply chain based on open and mathematically proved components. The approach supports the integration
of legacy and new proprietary components.
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