GSMA releases IoT security guidelines

GSMA announced new guidelines to promote the secure development and deployment of services in the Internet of Things (IoT) market.

AT&T, China Telecom, Etisalat, KDDI, NTT DOCOMO, Orange, Telefnica, Telenor, Verizon, 7Layers, Ericsson, Gemalto, Morpho, Telit and u-blox are part of the IoT program.

IoT stakeholders can utilize GSMA’s IoT security guidelines to build services by outlining technologies and methods to address threats, as well as how to implement them.

The IoT guidelines will establish the need for risk assessment of all components of an IoT service to collect, store and exchange data and mitigate cyber security attacks.

The IoT Security Guidelines are available to download from IoT security guidelines

“IoT is all about making the things in your life smarter. Security is paramount to something that touches and influences our lives as deeply as IoT. These guidelines are a vital initiative towards realizing the vision of a robust and highly secure IoT ecosystem,” said Cameron Coursey, vice president, Product Development – IoT Solutions, AT&T.

“GSMA IoT Security guidelines compile best practice recommendations for service development which if adopted will minimize opportunities for malicious exploitation and in turn will reassure market confidence and facilitate mass adoption. At Etisalat we look forward to use them when creating new or enhancing our existing IoT service offering,” said Angel David Garcia Barrio, VP M2M, Etisalat.

“Consumers are becoming increasingly aware of security vulnerabilities and threats to their own digital identity and consumer protection will be a key consideration for adoption of IoT services,” said Mari-Noëlle Jégo-Laveissière, senior executive, Innovation, Marketing and Technologies, Orange.

“Security of IOT solutions is of utmost importance and these documents represent an important step in supporting our customers to deliver secure end to end services,” said Vicente Muñoz Boza, chief IOT officer, Telefonica.

“To allow the Internet of Things to take off on its predicted trajectory, security and privacy must be adopted throughout the ecosystem and built-in from the start. These guidelines will help both start-ups and established companies to implement security and privacy into their processes in order to provide secure services and products,” said Jimmy Johansson, information security and privacy officer at Telenor Connexion.

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