THE CENTRE FOR STRATEGIC CYBERSPACE + SECURITY SCIENCE
INTERNET-OF-THINGS SECURITY WHITE PAPER
September 19, 2018
The Centre for Strategic Cyberspace + International Studies (CSCIS) , the only global think tank that focuses on cyberspace, cyber defence and advocates for a cyber-centric leadership, announced that its IoT Security Standard Developing Technical Committee released a new white paper on Internet-of-Things (IoT) security today.
The goal of the project strives to create a more secured ecosystem to protect any IoT deployment, keeping in mind that IoT devices are often the basic building blocks for Smart City initiatives. Specifically, IoT – both technologies and applications – needs to be secure against both malicious attack and accidental malfunction – our purpose is to create de facto best practices for this security. It is only by creating best practices and implementing standards developed based on these best practices that the design and manufacturing community of IoT technologies will be able to produce devices and systems that can be trusted by the market, whether industrial or consumer-based.
Aloysius Cheang, Executive Vice President of Asia Pacific for CSCIS said “IoT is the last bit of the technology, that together with cloud computing will allow us to build a truly pervasive and ubiquitous computing environment that permeates our daily lives. It is not only a network of sensors, but also part of an edge computing where direct command or feedback will allow anyone to access information from the cloud at their fingertips. There meaning that unless it is not envisioned or provisioned for in past smart city projects, it should be from today onwards because IoT is going to be a basic building block for all Smart City initiatives of the future, but securing it by design will be key to harness the potential of the benefits that IoT can bring to the table, in a trusted manner that will ensure security and privacy concerns are addressed first.”
Work on the whitepaper has been underway for a number of months, involving international participants from eight countries and markets – China, Taiwan, Thailand, Singapore, India, Israel, the United Kingdom and Canada.
“The law passed this week in California aims to set regulations for all IoT devices in the United States”, says CSCIS President Richard Zaluski.
“While this is an important step, we believe that the work on IoT security best practices needs to include expertise from the markets where devices are produced. At the moment, the majority of IoT devices are produced in China and the Original Design Manufacturers (ODMs) are in Taiwan.
“What is unique about this standard is the work is being driven by innovators in the IoT market who are active participants in developing the security controls.”
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The Center for Strategic Cyberspace + International Studies is a bipartisan, multilateral, international non-profit organization headquartered in London, United Kingdom. It seeks to advance global cyberspace security and prosperity by providing strategic insights for cyberspace and policy solutions to decision makers.
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