Securing Deep Tech: A Triad of Zero-Trust Cybersecurity, Ethical Design, and Risk Management

Securing Deep Tech: A Triad of Zero-Trust Cybersecurity, Ethical Design, and Risk Management

Securing Deep Tech: A Triad of Zero-Trust Cybersecurity, Ethical Design, and Risk Management

In the dynamic world of deep tech, rapid innovation has sparked ethical concerns, heightened risks, and cyber vulnerabilities.

In this phygital era, characterized by the fusion of physical and digital ecosystems, novel business approaches to digital trust have become pivotal. With unprecedented reliance on digital interactions, innovative business strategies are essential for establishing and upholding trust, drive sustainable growth, and lay the foundation for s sustainable future where business and technology harmonize effectively and responsibly.

This article underscores the how the convergence of three essential concepts - Zero-Trust CybersecurityEthics by Design, and Risk Management by Design - can be critical in navigating the complex dynamics of large scale deep tech deployments.

As deep tech deployments permeate every facet of society, concerns about their ethical implications and security vulnerabilities have grown exponentially. The exponential growth in technological innovation has introduced many benefits, but simultaneously, it has paved the way for increased risks and ethical quandaries. To mitigate these challenges, a three-pronged strategy encompassing Zero-Trust Cybersecurity, Ethics by Design, and Risk Management by Design emerges as a comprehensive solution.

Defining the Trifecta

Zero-Trust Cybersecurity entails a paradigm shift from the traditional perimeter-based security approach. It treats every entity, whether inside or outside an organization, as potentially untrusted. This approach verifies identities, continuously monitors activities, and enforces strict access controls to safeguard against internal and external threats.

An Ethics by Design approach mandates that ethical considerations be woven into the very fabric of technology development. From the outset, it entails integrating ethical principles like fairness, transparency, and user autonomy. This proactive approach ensures that technologies are designed to align with societal values and prevent potential ethical breaches.

Risk Management by Design advocates for the systematic identification, assessment, and mitigation of potential risks throughout the development lifecycle of a technology. By anticipating and addressing risks proactively, this approach helps organizations preclude vulnerabilities from escalating into significant security breaches or operational failures.

The Principles of Zero -Trust Cybersecurity, as outlined by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), emphasize the shift away from traditional perimeter-based security models. Here are the foundational principles of Zero Trust Cybersecurity according to NIST:

  • Identify and Classify Assets

  • Least Privilege Access

  • Micro-Segmentation

  • Explicit Verification

  • Least Privilege Network Access

  • Data-Centric Security

  • Continuous Monitoring and Analytics

  • Automation and Orchestration

  • Security as a Service

  • Assume Breach

By adhering to these principles, organizations can establish a robust Zero Trust Cybersecurity framework that mitigates risks, enhances data protection, and bolsters overall cybersecurity posture.

Ethics by Design Principles 

  • Ethical Consideration from Inception

  • Holistic Stakeholder Engagement

  • User-Centric Ethical Empowerment

  • Transparency in Ethical Decision-Making

  • Robust Ethical Safeguards

  • Ethical Resilience and Adaptability

  • Continuous Ethical Vigilance

Risk Management by Design Principles:

The seven principles of Risk Management by Design provide a comprehensive framework for identifying, assessing, and mitigating potential risks during technology development. Anticipatory action is critical, with organizations proactively detecting vulnerabilities before they escalate. Risk assessments are methodically conducted to gauge risks' potential impact and likelihood, allowing for informed decision-making. Resilience is cultivated by designing systems to endure and recover from potential cyber incidents. A risk-aware culture encourages organizational vigilance, ensuring all stakeholders are mindful of potential risks. Integration involves embedding risk management practices into all aspects of technology development, providing a cohesive approach. Lastly, continual improvement ensures that risk management strategies evolve in tandem with changing technologies and threat landscapes, resulting in robust risk mitigation. Most importantly, risk management by design can only be successful if harmonized with novel business models and other management styles, including systems thinking, exponential thinking, design thinking, lean six-sigma, Kaizen, Gemba.

Applying the Trifecta to Deep Tech Deployments

Deep tech innovations, such as Generative AI, Digital Twins, Extended Reality (XR), Blockchain Technologies, or advanced computing techniques such as Quantum Computing, demand a robust digital strategy that could be amplified by the trifecta of Zero-Trust Cybersecurity, Ethics by Design, and risk management by Design.

For generative AI and cognitive AI, Zero Trust Cybersecurity ensures that AI models are shielded against adversarial attacks and unauthorized access. Ethics by Design prevents AI-generated content from propagating harmful biases or misinformation. Risk Management by Design anticipates potential unintended consequences of AI outputs and implements safeguards.

Zero-Trust Cybersecurity secures data flow between digital twin deployments' physical and virtual realms. Ethics by Design ensures that data collected from real-world entities is used responsibly and with user consent. Risk Management by Design identifies potential safety hazards in simulations and addresses them proactively.

By immersing users in virtual environments, XR applications necessitate stringent security measures. Zero Trust Cybersecurity safeguards user data within these immersive experiences. Ethics by Design ensures that user privacy is maintained and consent mechanisms are integrated. Risk Management by Design identifies and mitigates potential motion sickness or psychological impacts on users.

Blockchain-powered Zero-Trust Cybersecurity ecosystems ensure secure transactions through encrypted mechanisms. Ethics by Design requires transparent data sharing within the decentralized network, while Risk Management by Design identifies potential vulnerabilities in smart contracts and implements measures to avert them.

With its transformative power, Quantum computing demands harmonization with Zero-Trust Cybersecurity principles to safeguard data against potential breaches. Ethics by Design ensures adequate data governance in quantum computing-enabled systems, while Risk Management by Design anticipates potential cyber vulnerabilities in quantum computing environments and preempts their exploitation.

Future Directions

The trifecta's application will be crucial in emerging domains like human-computer interfaces, the nascent, evolving Metaverse(s), and the industrial Omniverse. Zero-Trust Cybersecurity would protect sensitive data in these highly immersive, interconnected deep-tech powered phygital ecosystems. Ethics by Design would uphold user autonomy, beneficence, non-maleficence, and justice. Risk Management by Design would anticipate significant risks to health and safety, while prioritizing the design of human-centric interfaces.


As deep tech deployments scale and evolve, redefining industries, novel approaches are pivotal for forward-thinking companies aiming to maintain digital trust and retain or gain a competitive edge. The trifecta of Zero-Trust Cybersecurity, Ethics by Design, and Risk Management by Design equips organizations to navigate intricate ethical landscapes, safeguard data, and proactively manage risks. By embracing these principles in board rooms and C suites, companies can foster disruptive innovation, while maintaining or building digital trust in this phygital era.

Share this article

Leave your comments

Post comment as a guest

terms and condition.
  • No comments found

Share this article

Dr. Ingrid Vasiliu-Feltes

Innovation Expert

Ingrid Vasiliu-Feltes, MD MBA Is a healthcare executive, futurist and globalist who is highly dedicated to digital and ethics advocacy. She is a Forbes Business Council member, digital strategist, passionate educator and entrepreneurship ecosystem builder, known as an expert speaker, board advisor and consultant. Throughout her career she has received several awards for excellence in research, teaching or leadership. She is the recipient of numerous awards most notably: WBAF World Excellence AwardSocial Entrepreneurship 2021, Top 20 Global Leaders in Digital Twins Technologies, Top 50 Global Leaders in Health Tech,Top 50 Global Ecosystem Leaders, Top 100 Visionary In Education Award 2021, Top 100 Global Women in Leadership Award 2021, Top 100 World Women Vision Award, 2021-Innovation & Tech, Top 100 Women in Social Enterprise 2021 (nominee),Top 50 Global Thinkers (Nominee),Nations of Women Change Makers Award(finalist),Top 100 Healthcare Leader 2020 Award, Top 100 Finance Leader 2020 Award, and Top 100 Women in Crypto 2020. Additionally, she serves as an Expert Advisor to the EU Blockchain Observatory Forum, and was appointed to the Board of UN Legal and Economic Empowerment Network. Dr. Vasiliu-Feltes is CEO of Softhread Inc., the Founder and CEO of The Science, Entrepreneurship and Investments Institute, and currently serving as a Country Director for WBAF USA, Senator of WBAF, Faculty Member of the WBAF Business School-Division of Entrepreneurship, and teaching the Executive MBA Business Technology Course at the UM Business School. She is also acting as the Chief Innovation Officer for the Government Blockchain Association. Most recently she served as President of Detect Genomix, Chief Quality and Safety Officer Chief and Innovation Officer for Mednax, Chief Quality and Safety Officer and Chief of Compliance for the University of Miami UHealth System During her academic tenure she taught several courses within the Medical School, as well as the combined MD/PhD and MD/MPH programs. Throughout her career, Dr. Vasiliu-Feltes held several leadership positions and is a member of numerous prestigious professional organizations. She holds several certifications, such as Bioethics from Harvard, Artificial Intelligence and Business Strategy from MIT Sloan, Blockchain Technology and Business Innovation from MIT Sloan, Finance from Harvard Business School, Negotiation from Harvard Law School, Innovation and Entrepreneurship from Stanford Graduate School of Business, Certified Professional in Healthcare Risk Management, Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, Patient Safety Officer by the International Board Federation of Safety Managers, Master Black Belt in Lean and Six Sigma Management, Professional in Healthcare Quality by the National Association of Healthcare Quality, Manager for Quality and Organizational Excellence, by the American Society for Quality, and Certified Risk Management Professional by the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management. Additionally, Dr. Vasiliu-Feltes is an Honorary Advisory Board Member of several companies, as well as an Editorial Board Member for several international publications, an author and TV/Media partner.

Cookies user prefences
We use cookies to ensure you to get the best experience on our website. If you decline the use of cookies, this website may not function as expected.
Accept all
Decline all
Read more
Tools used to analyze the data to measure the effectiveness of a website and to understand how it works.
Google Analytics