List of IoT Security Standards

From IoTWiki
Jump to: navigation, search


IoT Security[edit]

There are numerous Standards Development Organizations( SDO) for Cybersecurity and for IoT. This Article is based on previous work at IOT Security Task Force

SDO in IoT Security[edit]


The US Federal Trade Commission has a mandate around products sold in the USA and they have a position paper . They approach the issue from a manufacturer liability and good practice point of view.

The Oct 21 2016 Dyn DDOS attack accelerated the FTC activity. In Jan 2017 they also launched a IoT Home Inspector challenge for ideas on protecting smart homes.


The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) under U.S. Department of Commerce publishes the FIPS standards applicable under the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA).NIST is actively developing a high level IoT guide covering organizational process and roles . See

IoT Security Foundation

A new organization tries to holistically address IoT security thru best practices guide and planned self certification schemes the Best Practice User Mark. They explicitly reject the idea that the manufacturer is solely responsible and are far more realistic about the roles of various players.


IIC Industrial Internet Consortium

The Industrial Internet Consortium works on use cases for industrial IoT and vouhts all the global heavy hitters as members. Its initiatives to securely connect, control and integrate assets and systems of assets with people, processes and data using common architectures, interoperability and open standard, The Industrial Internet Security Framework (IISF) is the most in-depth cross-industry-focused security framework comprising expert vision, experience and security best practices. I

Prpl Foundation

The Prpl Foundation works on next generation open source software from data centre to device. prplwrt complements open WRT with carrier grade features. They have a framework note for IoT security, a guide for critical areas in embedded computing and a 2016 report on Smart home security. See Purple works is pragmatic about security and collaborating with CABA in evolving IoT security . Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA) is an international not-for-profit industry association dedicated to the advancement of intelligent home and intelligent building technologies

Broadband Internet Technical Advisory Group (BITAG)

The Broadband Internet Technology Advisory Group’s report studies the plague of IoT insecurity and makes recommendations to deal with it. It’s short, well-researched .The report motivates its recommendations with over 150 informative references and footnotes on IoT risks, vulnerabilities and remedies. It covers the home segment.


The Open Web Application Security Project is well regarded for their work. The top 10 threats issued by OWASP have been very well received. They approach cybersecurity esp at the web applications (HTTP, https) layer. Recently they have started a project for IoT. See


The IPSO Alliance has been working for some time on data and functions for Smart Objects IPSO Smart Object Guidelines provide a common design pattern, an object model, that can effectively use the IETF CoAP protocol to provide high level interoperability between Smart Object devices and connected software applications on other devices and services.They have broadened work from smart objects to include security. See


AllSeen alliance includes AllJoyn and Open Connectivity Foundation. AllJoyn is an open source software framework that makes it easy for devices and apps to discover and communicate with each other. The The AllJoyn system provides a security framework for applications to authenticate each other and send encrypted data between them. The AllJoyn framework provides end-to-end application level security.

OTA alliance

The online trust alliance (OTA) works on consumer trust and online brand reputation, including privacy, identity theft and internet governance. They are a successor to efforts to combat spam emails thru Email Senders and Provider Coalition (ESPC). They have developed a IoT trust framework .

IoT Cybersecurity Alliance

AT&T, IBM, Nokia, Palo Alto Networks, Symantec and Trustonic are joining forces to innovate in the security collaboration and advance innovation with top cybersecurity and IoT thought leaders.Specifically, goals of this IoT Cybersecurity Alliance are to:
  • Collaborate and research security challenges of IoT across verticals and use cases such as Connected Car, Industrial, Smart Cities and Healthcare. The IoT Cybersecurity Alliance will take use cases or business challenges in IoT cybersecurity to dissect and advance security concerns and identify ways to implement security across the value chain.
  • Dissect and solve for IoT security problems at every critical layer of security. These include the endpoint, connectivity, cloud, and data/application layers. This Alliance includes experts at each of these layers to help educate businesses and consumers on how to protect their connections.
  • Make security easy to access across the ecosystem. Security needs to exist across the value chain. Users will benefit from innovative IoT services and infrastructures that can withstand the ever-evolving threat landscape.
  • Influence security standards and policies. Using each group member’s leadership and expertise will raise awareness of cybersecurity. It will engage regularly with policymakers and other organizations. IoT offers tremendous benefits and efficiencies to businesses, but security concerns often prevent businesses from adopting these emerging technologies. IoT Cybersecurity Alliance members will help the industry maximize the advantages of IoT while educating about how to keep companies and consumers more secure.


The Internet Engineering Task Force makes the Internet work better by producing high quality, relevant technical documents that influence the way people design, use, and manage the Internet. They are responsible for numerous standards around security including X.509 Public key etc. The following draft or RFC are among interesting ones to watch


Open Trust Protocol (OTrP), a protocol to install, update, and delete applications and to manage security configuration in a Trusted Execution Environment (TEE)


The draft Manufacturers Usage Description is a RFC intended to help reduce the vulnerability surface using a simple network policy ( whitelisting approach). It aims to reduce scope for malware injection and over the air firmware updates being hijacked. It also tries to cover devices no longer actively maintained by the original manufacturer.

 Transport Layer Security (TLS) / Datagram Transport Layer Security (DTLS) Profiles for the Internet of Things
Authentication and Authorization for Constrained Environments (ace)

Also See[edit]

Top IT Security Conferences In The World )