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GlobalPlatform launches a framework for standardised IoT design


The standard for secure digital services and devices, GlobalPlatform, launches IoTopia, a framework for standardising the design, certification, deployment and management of IoT devices.

“IoTopia will provide a detailed but executable framework that is standards-based, industry-wide and able to evolve as security capabilities and requirements change,” adds Russ Gyurek, GlobalPlatform IoTopia Committee Chair. “Importantly, IoTopia is bringing together global and regional guidelines and requirements to help device manufacturers build products and services that satisfy regulatory mandates. This offers the flexible security blueprint that is needed for device makers to build secure devices without having to become cybersecurity companies or experts.”

The framework’s foundations include:

  1. Security by Design: capabilities and features that go beyond best practice and define how secure components and APIs can be used with existing secure by design standards.
  2. Device Intent: IoTopia leverages IETF’s manufacturer usage descriptions (MUD) and uniform resource identifier (URI) to effectively manage device permissions and access on networks.
  3. Autonomous, Scaleable, Secure Device Onboarding (SDO): IoTopia will offer an open, standards-based secure onboarding process to streamline network administration.
  4. Device Lifecycle Management: a range of features and capabilities to manage devices throughout their entire lifecycle, including updates and maintenance to services, in line with international regulations.

“The IoT ecosystem needs to get serious about cybersecurity. Many of today’s connected objects do more than simply provide information at your fingertips – they make use of sensitive data, gather information and even impact the physical world, in many cases in critical ways,” said Kevin Gillick, GlobalPlatform Executive Director. “In light of this, there is a need for ubiquitous and standardised end-point and network security to prevent devices from becoming an entry point into a network or a platform for attacks. These are serious security concerns that need to be addressed to realise the market potential of IoT – which is why we have launched IoTopia.”

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