Resolving IoT

Resolving IoT 'trust issues'

Before the Internet of Things seeps into nearly every aspect of modern life, it is critical that these connected systems can be trusted, especially when it comes to protecting the privacy of data generated from sensors and surveillance equipment.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology wants to work out these trust issues and is looking for tools to facilitate the security, reliability and privacy of clusters of networked IoT devices (NoTs). Possible methods may include testing, certification of devices, auditing and logging during operational usage, certification of networks, analysis of networks of things or any other approach.

Ideally, such an auditing system would “operate independently of any IoT vendor, foster IoT vendor interoperability and  will steer technologies toward standards that will enable auditing for both security and  reliability of IoT systems,” NIST said in its 2017 Small Business Innovation Research funding announcement.  Auditing could increase reliability and resilience without requiring major changes to NoT architectures, NIST added.

The agency is interested in tools specifically for home automation, building access control, personal health and the monitoring and control of critical  infrastructures.

Applications are due March 30, 2017.

About the Author

Susan Miller is executive editor at GCN.

Over a career spent in tech media, Miller has worked in editorial, print production and online, starting on the copy desk at IDG’s ComputerWorld, moving to print production for Federal Computer Week and later helping launch websites and email newsletter delivery for FCW. After a turn at Virginia’s Center for Innovative Technology, where she worked to promote technology-based economic development, she rejoined what was to become 1105 Media in 2004, eventually managing content and production for all the company's government-focused websites. Miller shifted back to editorial in 2012, when she began working with GCN.

Miller has a BA from West Chester University and an MA in English from the University of Delaware.

Connect with Susan at smiller@gcn.com or @sjaymiller.

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