Internet of Things (IoT)
From connected homes to cities to international industrial applications, it is no longer possible to consider the Internet of Things (IoT) as a novelty. The world of IoT crossed the 6 billion connected endpoints mark in 2016, according to Gartner’s market research. Every day over 5 million new things are being connected. It has been projected that by 2020, the world will have over 20 billion connected devices – that’s around three smart objects for every single person on the planet.
Healthcare, smart city, consumer electronics, industrial, payments and numerous other verticals are developing services that rely on an IoT infrastructure. Security is a core inherent requirement to deliver safe and reliable IoT services spanning from the cloud to connected devices, and high-profile cases from hacking of IoT devices have already been reported. In addition, security practices differ significantly, leading to a lack of common ground to deploy these services with ease, consistency and ubiquity.
The Secure Technology Alliance is active in promoting best practices and providing educational resources on implementing secure IoT architectures. Activities include:
IoT Security Council
The cross-industry IoT Security Council provides a single forum where all industry stakeholders can network, share implementation experiences, and discuss applications and security approaches, as well as provide best practices and education to the industry to promote security and privacy. The Council focuses on IoT markets where security, safety and privacy are key requirements, and leverages the expertise and knowledge gained from implementing embedded security technology across other industries to provide practical guidance for secure IoT implementations. Recent resources cover embedded hardware security for IoT devices and IoT and payments.
The IoTSecurityConnection web portal provides commentary and resources on IoT security implementation.
The Secure Technology Alliance Knowledge Center hosts resources on IoT security approaches and technologies.
Secure Technology Alliance events
The Alliance Payments Summit, Securing Federal Identity and IoT Payments events cover IoT security topics, including IoT applications in payment, transportation, healthcare and other vertical markets.