The organization that represents the World’s mobile operators, the GSMA (Groupe Speciale Mobile Association), has recently published its first set of security guidelines designed to promote the secure development and deployment of services in the growing ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT).
Reportedly, the document entitled, ‘The GSMAIoT Security Guidelines‘, provides the IoT service providers and the wider IoT ecosystem, practical advice on tackling common cyber-security threats, as well as data protection and other potential privacy and security issues surrounding the emerging consumer technology.
As per sources, the project has received the backing and support of the mobile industry including mobile operators AT&T, China Telecom, Etisalat, KDDI, NTT DOCOMO, Orange, Telefonica, Telenor and Verizon and vendor and infrastructure partners 7Layers, Ericsson, Gemalto, Morpho, Telit and u-blox.
Alex Sinclair (Chief Technology Officer, GSMA ) announced :
“As billions of devices become connected in the Internet of Things, offering innovative and interconnected new services, the possibility of potential vulnerabilities increases”
“These can be overcome if the end-to-end security of an IoT service is carefully considered by the service provider when designing their service and an appropriate mitigating technology is deployed. A proven and robust approach to security will create trusted, reliable services that scale as the market grows.”
The Security Guidelines have been designed for all members in the IoT ecosystem including service providers, device manufacturers and the developers. It will also help service providers build secure services by defining various technologies and methods to address potential threats.
The offered guidelines has been formulated in consultation with the mobile industry and has recently completed a thorough industry consultation with various scholars, analysts and other industry specialists to ensure that these are as robust as possible.
Source : TOI