Telecom operators adopt GSMA IoT security guidelines

Guidelines and assessment scheme developed to promote secure roll out of IoT

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Telecom operators adopt GSMA IoT security guidelines The operators have committed to the GSMA guidelines for IoT security.
By  Mark Sutton Published  June 29, 2018

A group of leading international mobile telecom operators have committed to following 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 Zain have all announced their commitment to the guidelines to promote a secure global environment for IoT adoption.

The guidelines have been developed by the mobile industry association, to create a framework and assessment scheme to support a robust, end-to-end approach to IoT security. The guidelines promote best practice for the secure design, development and deployment of IoT services, and provide a mechanism to evaluate security measures. The guidelines are intended to help create a secure IoT market with trusted, reliable services that can scale as the market grows.

"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," commented Alex Sinclair, Chief Technology Officer, GSMA. "The mobile industry has a long history of providing secure services in licensed spectrum and by implementing these guidelines, we can help ensure the long-term sustainability and growth of the market."

"Today it has become imperative to focus on the need to have a common IoT assessment and security guidelines that are adapted by global operators, IoT device manufacturers and developers. With the global opportunity for IoT to grow and enable disruptive innovations, these guidelines will help it to flourish and being adapted across industries and services. Etisalat welcomes GSMA's global lead on setting these best practices and is proud to be one of the pioneering operators in implementing these guidelines," said Francisco Salcedo, SVP, Etisalat Digital.

The GSMA IoT Security 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 that 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.

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