Telcos to adopt GSMA IoT security guideline

19 Jul 2018

A group of leading global mobile carriers have committed to adopt the IoT security guidelines from the GSMA.

AT&T, China Mobile, China Telecom, China Unicom, Deutsche Telekom, Etisalat, KDDI, LG Uplus, Orange, Telefónica, Telenor Group, Telia, Turkcell, Vodafone Group and Zainhave have all announced their commitments to adopt and implement the GSMA IoT Security Guidelines.

The GSMA IoT Security Guidelines have been developed by the mobile industry association to provide a comprehensive security assessment scheme and robust approach to end-to-end security for IoT.

The guidelines promote best practice for the secure design, development and deployment of IoT services, and providing a mechanism to evaluate security measures, creating a secure IoT market with trusted, reliable services that can scale as the market grows.

Alex Sinclair, chief technology officer at GSMA, said: “For the IoT to flourish, the industry needs an aligned and consistent approach to IoT security. Our guidelines encourage the industry to adopt a robust set of best practices that will help create a more secure IoT market with trusted, reliable services that can scale as the market grows,”.

The GSMA said the guidelines are targeted at IoT service providers, device manufacturers, developers and mobile operators and provide best practice for the secure end-to-end design, development and deployment of IoT solutions across industries and services. They address typical cybersecurity and data privacy issues associated with IoT services and outline a step-by-step process to securely launch solutions to market.

They are supported by an IoT Security Assessment scheme which provides a checklist to support the secure launch of IoT solutions into the market and keep them secure throughout their lifecycles thereby creating a sustainable IoT ecosystem that is designed for end-to-end security.

Both the GSMA IoT Security Guidelines and IoT Security Assessment also cover the fast-growing Low Power Wide Area or mobile IoT technologies, LTE-M and NB-IoT, the GSMA said.

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