Proof of concept (POC) of a Blockchain Application or any other application is a working prototype that helps to establish evidence that the potential product can be successful. Developing a proof of concept can help a product owner to identify potential gaps that might interfere with the success. It also provides the opportunity to solicit internal feedback about a promising product and reducing unnecessary risk. It provides the opportunity to stakeholders to assess design choices before full-scale implementation.
The cyber attacks are increasing very quickly and hence the threat to Cyber Security. In this article we have discussed about Blockchain Technology – whether it can be used to secure the cyber world or not?
The Era of Digitalization, The Era of Cyber Attacks
According to reports by various agencies, the recent cyber attack of ransomware knows as ‘WannaCry’ has affected over 200,000 computers in over 150 countries. The ransomware was supposedly spread through spam emails of fake invoices, job offers, etc. which had .zip file attachments. Once the attachment is clicked, it initiates the infections of WannaCry. However, one of the CISCO’s division believes that vulnerable systems which were left open on the internet could be attacked without any need for phishing.
Blockchain Technology has found a powerful use case in the Land Registration Process because of the security features it offers. The unalterable and non-hackable properties of a Blockchain are enticing Governments around the globe to implement Blockchain solutions in the Land Registry Process.
Blockchain is a decentralized ledger that constitutes the underlying technology of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin. While Blockchain is best known for powering bitcoin, it has been identified as disruptive technology platform relevant for various industries and businesses to keep data secure in a distributed, encrypted ledger and control access to that ledger.
In legal terms, a contract is an agreement between two parties in which they agree to abide by certain terms & condition and specific procedures, that would hold true under certain situation/cases.
Blockchain, the underlying technology behind Bitcoin has established itself to be beneficial for plethora of industries. To start with, it has revolutionized payments and settlements in the financial domain. Following that, it is impacting other areas of finance like lending, wealth management and insurance. Out of this, Supply Chain financing forms an interesting use case as it is part of Supply Chain Management (SCM) which itself is undergoing major disruption.
Anyone in the world can download the data and read the data. Anyone can participate in the consensus process to write the data or block into the public Blockchain. There are numerous public blockchains. Bitcoin which is a peer to peer currency exchange was the first public Blockchain followed by Ethereum which allows anyone to build smart contracts and decentralized apps on it. Some other examples are Dash and Lisk.
A blockchain is a chain of transaction records in a database like a financial ledger. The transactions are recorded in the database using digital encryption to augment the security.
In addition, the database itself is managed by a network of computers where the ownership of storing and writing in the database resides with no one in particular. This makes the ownership decentralized leading to high integrity and authenticity.