The IoT Alliance Australia and Communications Alliance have launched an IoT Security Guideline saying security and privacy need to be at the forefront of thinking and technological development to minimise the risks associated with the connected, big data use of IoT.
Communications Alliance CEO, John Stanton, said a public consultation process would be set in train to give a wider range of stakeholders the opportunity to review and add value to the document before it is published by Comms Alliance as an industry Guideline, which will be updated over time as new developments and potential risks become evident.
IoTAA said the guideline was the first in a series of documents on IoT security and network resilience that it planned to release over the coming months. “The IoTAA Security Guideline provides top-level guidance to CEOs and CIOs, in particular in the industry sectors where IoT is hot right now, including consumer, industrial, agriculture, and smart cities,” it said.
IoTAA CEO, Frank Zeichner, said a security agenda was vital to build trust in an IoT-connected world for consumers and business users, and an opportunity for the Australian cyber security industry.
The guide’s co-author and outgoing chair of the IoTAA workstream on cyber security and network resilience, Malcolm Shore, said the guideline aimed to promote a ‘security by design’ approach to IoT.
“IoT is everywhere, and we are already seeing the insecurity that it can bring. We really want the guideline to help industry players understand how to practically apply security and privacy for IoT devices.”