IoT is vast and has many security related issues – how do we go about addressing them?

The answer is collaboratively and in priority order. That’s where the Executive Steering Board and the IoTSF membership work in harmony.

As a result of our initial efforts, we have established a set of priority working groups to begin the process of ensuring we build an Internet of Trust – this is the start and where the practical work takes place.

Here is a list of the current priority working groups. Each has been assigned an executive steering board champion to bring them to life, and a chair person to ensure progress.

Working Group 1: Self-Certification Scheme

The objective of this working group is to determine comprehensive requirements for a low-cost, accessible and readily actionable system of self-certification in order to improve the quality and pervasiveness of security in IoT products.

  • Board champion: David Rogers, Copper Horse Solutions
  • Chair: Pamela Gupta, Outsecure Inc.

Working Group 2: Connected Consumer Products

The objective of this working group is to produce security best practice guidelines for different classes of consumer devices.

  • Board champion: Ken Munro, Pen Test Partners
  • Chair: Jeff Day, BT plc.

Working Group 3: Patching Constrained Devices

A major challenge for low cost IoT systems will be how to ensure systems are maintained and updated over their life cycle. This working group will produce best practice guidance for systems deploying constrained-resource elements.

WG3 Leaders

  • Board champion: Haydn Povey, Secure Thingz.
  • Chair: Mike Bartley, TVS Ltd.

Working Group 4: Framework for Vulnerability Disclosure

What happens when a researcher identifies a security vulnerability in your product or service? This working group seeks to educate the need for establishing a channel of communication and determining a framework of best practice for both researchers and companies to follow.

WG4 Leaders

  • Board champion: Kenny Paterson, Royal Holloway, University of London
  • Chair: Craig Heath, Franklin Heath Ltd.

Working Group 5: IoT Security Landscape

This working group maps applications of IoT at a high level, from a system-wide and end to end perspective, to identify where vulnerabilities may lie and inform future IoTSF work.

  • Board champion: Steve Babbage, Vodafone
  • Chair: Daniel Ng, Cyberowl

About the Working Groups

Each Working Group is populated by IoTSF members who contribute to producing best practice guidelines.

Members collaborate online – via online meeting facilities and our messaging/document file platform allowing flexibility for members to discuss and exchange ideas regardless of location. The schedule is organised by the working group chair and updates are provided regularly between the working groups in face to face meetings to ensure members are kept updated and the groups work in harmony.

IoTSF members can join any of the working groups and contribute to creating best practice guidelines.

If you are a member of IoTSF and would like to join any of the working groups, contact us by clicking here and let us know which groups you are interested to join – we’ll take care of the details.

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