What is The Need To Protect Digital Twin?

CIOReview | Thursday, November 28, 2019

Identifying the risk for digital twins and implementing effective response processes should be the goals of businesses.

Fremont, CA: Digital Twins are becoming essential business tools for every organization utilizing the internet of things (IoT) as they form a connection between the real and virtual worlds. They help track industrial processes, explore business opportunities, stimulate preventive medicine, and develop new and enhanced connective products and services. Digital twins are employed in almost all industries, including healthcare, finance, manufacturing, education, and many more.

In healthcare, a digital twin of a patient or organs allows surgeons and healthcare professionals to learn and practice procedures in a simulated environment than testing on a real patient. The technology can be deployed to refine sport as in Formula 1 car racing, where every second is essential. Here a simulation can help the driver and the car team to know the adjustments that can improve performance. Navigation apps, which are digital twins of roadways and traffic conditions, enable vehicles to avoid potential traffic, thereby affecting the actual driving conditions in the real world. Also, Smart City systems, which are digital twins of municipal infrastructure and other services within cities, control its management.

Digital simulation helps in solving operational issues more effectively. However, when an increased number of devices is networked in digital twins, they use more data for their maintenance and functionality. Once a digital twin is created and improved by incorporating real data, it becomes more prone to attacks by potential hackers and competitors. When a significant fraction of digital twins utilizes cloud services for data collection and processing from IoT Sensors, the choice and management of these services should be accomplished by considering security. Businesses should ensure that there is a software application used without careful pre-authentication, and users allowed to access data should have the minimum required level of access for their needs. Further, collected data should be encrypted during storage and transmitted using secure channels.

Additionally, the extra layer of security and data assurance, including physical security systems and their digital twins, can also be monitored using an automated verification service, ensuring that the systems are operating as intended and that no files have been modified without the knowledge of the system administrators.