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LSEC is supporting IoT technology development, Enterprise IoT and Industrial Internet
The Internet of Things is the internet of connected smart sensors and objects with an internet connections such as home automation devices for lightning, domotics; but also connected cars and the connected industry. LSEC's experts have been focusing for the last years in enabling security measures for Enterprise IoT and Industrial IoT. LSEC experts can provide advisory services and technology for embedded systems and technologies.
Some more documentation on LSEC's IoT activities can be found :
Upcoming events and activities on IoT, Industrial Internet and :
April 30th : 2015, the year all things break loose, the second IoT activity, with an interest in Security and Privacy of the Embedded Devices and platforms
May 28th : Industrial Automation Security 2015, how security systems are being put in action in industrial environments and how they are impacting the business
Documents and White Papers available : get yourself informed with this collection of relevant recent documents and materials.
Future programs for IoT:
LSEC is launching the 3IF project in May 2015, a program to support the transformation of manufacturing companies towards becoming factories of the future, by utilizing smart sensors, IoT technologies and components. For more information stay in touch with LSEC and www.3IF.be
Internet of Things, Internet of Everything the indication that the world is becoming increasingly more connected. All sorts of devices and appliances are getting an embedded or attached wired or wireless connection to the world wide network, allowing to receive sensor information and control the activities with an increased level of efficiency, effectiveness and automation.
In this world of over 50 billion anticipated devices, of which the majority will be lit in Asia, Europe and the Americas, the challenge to secure both the activities and the privacy of the citizen are a challenge for consideration.
LSEC is coordination various activities in this domain, including a working group, events and thought leadership.
Some background materials :
Internet of Things - 2015 the year all breaks loose event :
(To be able to access these files, you will need to be registered as an individual member to LSEC. This is free of charge, but requires registration or login.)
The Internet of Things describes the concept of a world with different devices connected via the internet. This provides a great opportunity, not so much for toasters and fridges to be hyperconnected for no good reason, but especially for sensors, process automation tools, connected cars, industrial processing devices, home automation and healthcare monitoring.
The world of things is expected to grow significantly towards 2020, with challenges related to the number of devices connected, typically without the current state of the art of security measures. As a result, the devices are not only becoming rogue access points in networks, but are also behaving badly - sensing, recording and transmitting sensitive data - without the owners knowing about this.
On top, many devices have been developed with low level low cost components and open source instructions which have not been updated recently to the latest vulnerability challenges, sometime not even capable of being upgraded.
As a result, similar to mobile security challenges, threats can be expected from device level, the embedded chips, up to the application layers where typically small webservers can be reached remotely.
These devices can be hacked in to relatively easily, can be used as familiar access point to the rest of the network, or could even serve as trusted device internally while acting as a sensitive data transmission device.
LSEC and its members have been building in depth expertise on the topic, both on the embedded layers, the wireless and communication protocols, the programming layers, secure software development, the (management and operation) platforms, and the applications.
More information can be found at some of the recent activities and events held, or following the iot.leadersinsecurity.org dedicated page.