Written by Daniel Gombos
“In the future, wars will focus on industrial plants worldwide. Who can we trust in the future and who not?” Nikolaus Dürk, CEO of X-Net, an Austrian IT company, answered his own question, stating, “We have to distrust all our companies [that provide ICT-solutions]!”
Dürk was speaking at a recent conference, “Ensuring industrial safety: the role of government, regulations, standards and new technologies”, organized by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization UNIDO).
As long ago as 2011, the United Nations identified the massive threat posed by cybercrime, estimating that it had become “a business which exceeds a trillion dollars a year in online fraud, identity theft, and lost intellectual property, affecting millions of people around the world, as well as countless businesses and the governments of every nation.”