IDC Launches Future of Trust Practice to Provide Context into the Digital Economy

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Over the past five years, International Data Corporation (IDC) has been documenting the rise of the digital economy and the digital transformation that organizations must undergo to compete and survive in this economy. To that end, IDC announced the launch of nine new research practices in 2020 that bridge its traditional technology market view with a business outcomes view. The objective of the practices will be to provide context to what is happening in the digital economy – explaining the desired business outcomes, such as engendering trust or becoming an intelligent organization, and how technology can be used to achieve these outcomes. The latest of these practices to launch is the Future of Trust.

IDC’s newly launched Future of Trust practice is designed to help CEOs implement the spheres of trust required in today’s digital economy.

IDC defines trust as an up leveling of the security conversation to include attributes such as risk, compliance, privacy, and even business ethics. These elements transform the conversation from what “must” a company do to prevent negative outcomes to what “should” a company do.

“Trust is more than just about mitigating harm but also maximizing return, creating a differentiated impact on revenue, expenses, and shareholder value,” said Frank Dickson, program vice president and IDC’s global lead for Future of Trust research.

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Trust is elevating to a board room topic as the language of trust changes. According to IDC’s 2019 CEO Survey, digital trust programs are the most important agenda item in the next five years. This emphasis on trust will affect enterprise organizations in multiple ways, including:

  • By 2023, 50% of the G2000 will name a chief trust officer, who orchestrates trust across functions including security, finance, HR, risk, sales, production, and legal by 2023.
  • By 2025, two-thirds of the G2000 boards will ask for a formal trust initiative that executes a road map to increase an enterprise’s security, privacy protections, and ethical execution.
  • By 2025, 40% of Fortune 1000 companies will require partners and vendors to meet trust scores as a condition of doing business.

The future of trust means that traditional approaches to security, risk, compliance, and privacy are facing challenges both in scope and scale. These challenges should be met by addressing the five elements of trust depicted in the Future of Trust framework. Although there are five elements of trust, we do not approach each pillar individually—the elements of trust have layers of implementation. Much like the hierarchy that Maslow proposed for human needs, trust is implemented in a layered approach.

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IDC has created the Future of Trust research practice to help CEOs address these elements of trust to achieve. The new trust environment will include three concentric sphere of trust: Trusted Governance, which internally mitigates enterprise risk; Trusted Ecosystem, which delivers integrity in digital transactions between partner entities by proactively managing collective risk to all participants; and Trust Enabled Commerce, which empowers companies to drive revenue by delivering highly differentiated experiences. Building a digital trust program that delivers all three spheres of trust will help organizations succeed.

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