New IoT Standard

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The ETSI Technical Committee on Cybersecurity (TC CYBER) has just released ETSI TS 103 645, a standard for cybersecurity in the Internet of Things, which will help to create baseline security standard for IT devices. 

Expert Comments below: 

Matt Eckersall, Regional Director, EMEA West at SUSE:

“The introduction of a new globally applicable European standard to improve IoT security is encouraging for a fundamental reason: the sooner we address the security concerns posed by these technologies, the quicker we’ll see the IoT realise its full potential. Establishing standards is crucial, not only to provide technology providers with a framework to advance the privacy and security of IoT devices, but also to increase consumer awareness around end product security. 

“The developers working behind the scenes to build IoT applications rely on open source components heavily throughout the process. They must plan for the lifecycle management of their solutions when integrating open source components into their codebases. Running regular scans of the software to check for updates will also be key to ensuring the safety of tomorrow’s IoT applications. 

“Open source projects have vibrant communities that are continuously checking for flaws and supporting their projects. There is strength and security in numbers. The sheer size of the open source community developing IoT applications, along with the introduction of standards, provides the best kind of protection against future security flaws.” 

Bob Noel, VP of Strategic Relationships at Plixer: 

“There are always two sides to every story. This new standard is a step in the right direction to ensure that IoT device manufacturers make security part of the manufacturing process and embedded into their devices. This will help to reduce the risks they introduce; however, nobody should be fooled into thinking that some basic security requirements will eliminate threat surfaces. The other side of this equation is that any organization implementing IoT devices (consumer grade or other), must be vigilant in monitoring all traffic to and from those devices. IoT devices are purpose-built; only needing to communicate using a narrow set of protocols and application to a few IP addresses, however they are full-stack capable. This means that they are mini computing devices that can be compromised and used to do much more than they were built for. Organizations must use network traffic analytics to baseline normal conversations and alert on even a single packet of data that deviates. True IoT security is a shared responsibility between the manufacturers, who need to do better at embedding security, and the organizations that deploy them, who need to better securing them in their environment.”      

 

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