In recent years, the­re has been a signi­fi­cant growth of inte­rest and
invest­ment in block­chain tech­no­lo­gy. Many com­pa­nies and govern­men­tal
orga­niz­a­ti­ons, both lar­ge and small, have pro­po­sed app­li­ca­ti­ons of this
tech­no­lo­gy across dif­fe­rent sec­tors (social, finan­cial, indus­tri­al, and govern­men­tal).
Block­chain tech­no­lo­gy is wide­ly seen as pro­vi­ding ent­i­re­ly new
oppor­tu­nities to dis­rupt tra­di­tio­nal pro­duct and ser­vice offe­rings. This is
main­ly due to the absence of a cen­tral trus­ted third par­ty, the immu­ta­bi­li­ty
of the block­chain record, the dis­tri­bu­t­ed, decen­tra­li­zed natu­re of block­chains,
and the abi­li­ty to set up smart con­tracts.

The IDS Refe­rence Archi­tec­tu­re Model (IDS-RAM) focu­ses on data sov­er­eig­n­ty
and data-dri­ven busi­ness eco­sys­tems, allowing orga­niz­a­ti­ons to
exchan­ge and share data­sets in a secu­re and con­trol­led way using the IDS
Con­nec­tor con­cept. Some of the fea­tures of block­chain tech­no­lo­gy are
con­sis­tent with the fea­tures of the IDS-RAM, such as the absence of a cen­tral
trus­ted third par­ty pro­vi­ding cen­tral data sto­rage, or the dis­tri­bu­t­ed,
decen­tra­li­zed natu­re of the con­cept. Other fea­tures, such as immu­ta­bi­li­ty
(of the block­chain record), would add to the goals of IDS. This makes it
high­ly inte­res­ting to explo­re how block­chain tech­no­lo­gy could be adop­ted
to play an inte­gral part in future ver­si­ons of the IDS-RAM.

“Block­chain Tech­no­lo­gy in IDS” dis­cus­ses pos­si­ble usa­ge sce­n­a­ri­os of
block­chain tech­no­lo­gy wit­hin the IDS con­cept. This is illus­tra­ted by several
use cases from the IDS eco­sys­tem com­bi­ning the power of IDS and block­chain
tech­no­lo­gy fea­tures.

In a nuts­hell, the posi­ti­on paper high­lights
• the core con­cepts of block­chain tech­no­lo­gy,
• poten­ti­al usa­ge sce­n­a­ri­os for block­chain tech­no­lo­gy wit­hin the IDS
• pos­si­bi­li­ties for imple­men­ting IDS archi­tec­tu­ral con­cepts using block­chain
tech­no­lo­gy, and
• how several pro­jects alrea­dy use IDS in com­bi­na­ti­on with block­chain

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