Tackling data security and privacy challenges of the IoT

I’ve just returned from the IoT TechExpo Europe in Berlin. This event reflects the huge interest internationally in the potential for the Internet of Things. There were over one hundred exhibitions spread over two floors, along with 5 tracks. I was one of the panelists in a session on creating a standards framework for IoT as part of the Developer and IoT Technologies track. I followed this with a talk on tackling data security and privacy challenges. The talk covered the following topics:

  • Understanding the unique challenges of security for the IoT, and preparing for the next evolutions of the technologies involve
  • Addressing the risks of big data – greater volume of sensitive data creating a greater risk of data and identity theft, device manipulation, data falsification, IP theft and server/network manipulation etc.
  • Enabling data security in IoT – protecting integrity, authenticity and confidentiality of information
  • Exploring issues of privacy – to what extent users require privacy, and how it can be maintained whilst still making data useful
  • The role of metadata and shared trust assumptions for end to end security across platforms

IoT security should worry us all, and we need to work together on pooling best practices and identifying where new standards are needed. By participating in the discussions your company can help to drive this and to benefit from discussions with other security experts. Security is an important topic for the Web of Things Interest Group so please join us to help build a more secure Web.

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