Gartner Research

Blockchain Technology: How Security Relates to Use Cases

Published: 11 April 2017

ID: G00317396

Analyst(s): Joerg Fritsch

Summary

Technical professionals involved with security must know when their organizations can use blockchain technology to achieve security objectives. Choices involve the integrity and availability of critical data, trust without central arbiters and use cases that go beyond organizational boundaries.

Table Of Contents

Analysis

  • What Are the Security Propositions of Blockchain Technology?
    • Availability
    • Integrity of Data, Programs and Temporal Sequence of Activities
  • Risks and Attack Surfaces of Blockchain Technology
    • Lack of Privacy
    • Attacks on the Decentralized Consensus Protocol
    • Identity Theft
    • Software Deficiencies and Vulnerabilities
  • Use Cases Where the Security Features of Blockchain Technology Matter
    • Example 1: Supply Chain and Logistics
    • Example 2: Blockchain-Backed Corporate Governance Solutions
    • Example 3: Loyalty Points and Community Currencies

Conclusion

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