We’ve all heard of crypto-currencies like Bitcoin, but the use and adaptation of Bitcoin’s underlying technology – Blockchaining – in other disciplines is quickly gaining traction. The music industry is investigating blockchain technology to assist in royalty collections and global copyright management, while political entities are looking for blockchain to power automated voting systems. Harvard Business Review classifies blockchain technology as a “foundational technology,” meaning it has the potential to greatly impact our social and economic systems in the coming years. Why not add Enterprise Mobility to that list? Historically, the field of Enterprise Mobility has suffered from the challenge of how to securely authenticate devices, allowing users to access sensitive corporate data. Could a blockchain network help to ease this?
Blockchaining allows devices to establish secure, low-cost peer-to-peer connections on a decentralized network. Unlike current networking schemes, there would be no middleman between two communicating devices on a blockchain network, so the connection would inherently be more secure. Additionally, transactions over the blockchain network are time-stamped and verified for authenticity by the rest of the network, adding to the layers of security. Imagine applying this to Enterprise Mobility - could we securely authenticate remote devices simply by having them communicate directly to other already-authenticated devices? No need for the devices to connect back to internal infrastructure to verify identity – simplification of networking all around.
Food for thought – PaRaBaL will continue to research this emerging technology.