A collection of wireless carriers from across the globe announced Wednesday they would adopt and implement standard procedures developed to secure the Internet of Things.
GSMA officials said the industry group’s IoT Security Guidelines outline best practices for the end-to-end security of IoT solution design, development and deployment.
The standards address the cybersecurity and data privacy concerns normally associated with IoT services, as well as outline step-by-step processes, supported by the group’s IoT Security Assessment, to securely launch new products.
“For the IoT to flourish, the industry needs an aligned and consistent approach to IoT security,” said GSMA CTO Alex Sinclair. “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.”
GSMA officials noted that the guidelines cover both LTE-M and NB-IoT networks, and target manufacturers and developers as well as carriers.
Operators to sign on to use the standards this week include AT&T, China Mobile, China Telecom, China Unicom, Deutsche Telekom, Etisalat, KDDI, LG Uplus, Orange, Telefónica, Telenor Group, Telia, Turkcell, Vodafone Group and Zain.
GSMA also released a report — coinciding with the kickoff of Mobile World Congress Shanghai — suggesting that China alone would account for one-third of all Industrial IoT connections worldwide by 2020, in large part due to government support for technology and manufacturing.
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