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Internet of Things (IoT) Applications

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 six billion connected endpoints mark in 2016, according to Gartner’s market research. Every day over five 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. Each IoT ecosystem needs to assess its security requirements and its potential for impacting the security of other systems and determine the appropriate level of security that should be implemented. For those systems that impact life safety or the functioning of critical infrastructure, the Smart Card Alliance advocates the addition of embedded security in IoT devices.

Embedded hardware security, among other embedded security techniques, can protect the “identity” of each device, to prevent unauthorized tampering with how these devices are designed to work, and to protect the privacy and security of the vast amount of data the devices generate. A principle behind the security of smart chips is that the chips not only control how the devices perform under normal conditions, but also control how the devices react when they are attacked or tampered with in any way, including self-destruction. Applying embedded security techniques, including hardware-based – as already proven and implemented for other security use cases – can deliver security mechanisms for the billions of connected IoT devices.

Smart Card Alliance IoT Resources

This white paper was developed by the Secure Technology Alliance Payments Council to provide a primer on blockchain technology, discuss use cases that are currently commercially available or being piloted, and discuss the role secure element/smart card technology plays in the different use cases.

This white paper was developed by the Smart Card Alliance IoT Security Council to describe the value of embedded hardware security in end devices used in IoT applications.

The Smart Card Alliance IoTSecurityConnection.com content portal provides educational resources and guidance for implementing secure IoT architectures using embedded security and privacy technology. The portal features relevant news, resources, expert commentary and thought leadership on the security and privacy of IoT for technology and service providers, IT and security experts, integrators, consultants and IoT enthusiasts.

The Smart Card Alliance IoT Security Council develops and promotes best practices and provides educational resources on implementing secure IoT architectures using “embedded security and privacy.”