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IoT Alliance Australia publishes security guidelines

Steve Rogerson
March 2, 2017

The IoT Alliance Australia (IoTAA) has introduced the first in a series of documents on IoT security and network resilience that it is set to deliver over the coming months.
The Internet of Things Security Guideline was launched at KPMG’s new Melbourne offices last month by Gavin Smith (pictured), president and chairman of Robert Bosch Australia and chair of the IoTAA board.
“Managing security risks and protecting user privacy are vital to realising the benefits of digital transformation,” said IoTAA CEO Frank Zeichner. “We see a security agenda as vital to build trust in an IoT-connected world for consumers and business users, as well as an opportunity for Australian cyber security industry.”
The IoTAA Security Guideline provides top-level guidance to CEOs and CIOs, in particular in the industry sectors where IoT is hot right now, including consumer, industrial, agriculture and smart cities.
The guideline aims to promote a security by design approach to IoT.
“IoT is everywhere, and we are already seeing the insecurity that it can bring,” said Malcolm Shore, co-author and outgoing chair of the IoTAA Workstream on Cyber Security & Network Resilience. “We really want the guideline to help industry players understand how to practically apply security and privacy for IoT devices.”
The IoTAA was created in May 2015 as part of the Communications Alliance and it became a separate not-for-profit entity in July 2016.
“It’s great that the IoTAA published this under a creative commons licence and is engaging with Communications Alliance to publish a second version,” said John Stanton, chair of the IoTAA executive council and Communications Alliance CEO. “A public consultation process will give a wider range of stakeholders the opportunity to review and add value to the document before publishing it as an Industry Guideline, which can then be updated over time as new developments and potential risks become evident.”
The IoTAA is the primary IoT industry body in Australia with members being drawn from a wide cross-section of IoT service providers, vendors, consultants and suppliers as well as business, universities and consumer groups.