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Security Threats of a Blockchain-Based Platform for Industry Ecosystems in the Cloud

  • In modern industrial production lines, the integration and interconnection of various different manufacturing components, like robots, laser cutting machines, milling machines, CNC-machines, etc. allows for a higher degree of autonomous production on the shop floor. Manufacturers of these increasingly complex machines are beginning to equip their business models with bidirectional data flows to other factories. This is creating a digital, cross-company shop floor infrastructure where the transfer of information is controlled by digital contracts. To establish a trusted ecosystem, the new technology "blockchain" and a variety of technology stacks must be combined while ensuring security. Such blockchain-based frameworks enable bidirectional trust across all contract partners. Essential data flows are defined by specific technical representation of contract agreements and executed through smart contracts.This work describes a platform for rapid cross-company business model instantiation based on blockchain for establishing trust between the enterprises. It focuses on selected security aspects of the deployment- and configuration processes applied by the industrial ecosystem. A threat analysis of the platform shows the critical security risks. Based on an industrial dynamic machine leasing use case, a risk assessment and security analysis of the key platform components is carried out.

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Author:Philipp Ruf, Jan StodtORCiDGND, Christoph ReichORCiDGND
Parent Title (English):Proceedings of the 2021 Fifth World Conference on Smart Trends in Systems, Security and Sustainability (WorldS4), July 29 - 30, 2021, London, UK
Document Type:Conference Proceeding
Year of Completion:2021
Release Date:2021/08/30
Tag:Blockchain; Cloud; Cross company business model; IoT; Risk analysis
First Page:192
Last Page:199
Open-Access-Status: Closed Access 
Licence (German):License LogoUrheberrechtlich geschützt