The GSMA, the mobile industry association, has released new guidelines designed to promote the secure development and deployment of services in the growing Internet of Things (IoT) market. The GSMA IoT Security Guidelines have been developed in consultation with the mobile industry and offer IoT service providers and the wider IoT ecosystem practical advice on tackling common cybersecurity threats, as well as data privacy issues associated with IoT services. The project has received the backing and support of the mobile industry including mobile operators AT&T, China Telecom, Etisalat, KDDI, NTT DOCOMO, Orange, Telefónica, Telenor and Verizon, and vendor and infrastructure partners 7Layers, Ericsson, Gemalto, Morpho, Telit and u-blox.
“As billions of devices become connected in the Internet of Things, offering innovative and interconnected new services, the possibility of potential vulnerabilities increases,” said Alex Sinclair, chief technology officer, GSMA. “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 GSMA’s IoT Security Guidelines have been designed for all players in the IoT ecosystem, including IoT service providers, IoT device manufacturers and developers. They will help service providers build secure services by outlining technologies and methods to address potential threats, as well as how to implement them.
They also establish the need for risk assessment of all components of an IoT service to ensure they are designed to securely collect, store and exchange data and successfully mitigate cybersecurity attacks. The Guidelines recently came through a “thorough industry consultation” involving academics, analysts and other industry experts to ensure that “they are as robust as possible”, said the GSMA. “There is a significant amount of evidence to suggest that cyberattacks are already happening in the burgeoning IoT space. If not handled appropriately, these attacks are likely to inhibit the growth and stability of the Internet of Things,” said Don Bailey, CEO of Lab Mouse Security.
“It is imperative that the industry adopts a standard approach for dealing with security risks and mitigations, helping to ensure that the entire IoT ecosystem will not be subject to fraud, exposures of privacy, or attacks that affect human life.”