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GlobalPlatform Releases New Approach to IoT Cybersecurity

By Chrissie Cluney November 19, 2019

According to a recent announcement, GlobalPlatform, a service and device security company, has released its IoTopia framework for IoT security.

The company proposes a common framework for standardizing the design, certification, deployment and management of IoT devices.

“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, executive director, GlobalPlatform. “In light of this, there is a need for ubiquitous and standardized 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 realize the market potential of IoT – which is why we have launched IoTopia.”

“IoTopia will provide a detailed but executable framework that is standards-based, industry-wide and able to evolve as security capabilities and requirements change,” said Russ Gyurek, IoTopia committee chair, GlobalPlatform. “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.”

“GlobalPlatform has a long history of successful standardization and certification work, which is already adding value to the IoT ecosystem. Our membership stretches across the entire IoT value chain, perfectly placed to go beyond simply defining best practice and help the market to actually implement security for IoT devices and services,” said Gillick.


Chrissie Cluney has been a correspondent for IoT Evolution World since 2015. She holds a degree in English with a concentration in writing from the College of Saint Elizabeth.

Edited by Ken Briodagh
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