Smart Card Alliance Forms IoT Security Council

smart_card_allianceThe Smart Card Alliance, a multi-industry association, on Wednesday formed the Internet of Things Security Council to address growing concerns about the safety and security concerns around the Internet of Things (IoT). The council will develop and promote best practices and provide educational resources on implementing secure IoT architectures using embedded security and privacy technology.

The council will focus on IoT markets where security, safety and privacy are key requirements, and will leverage the expertise and knowledge gained from implementing embedded security technology across other industries to provide practical guidance for secure IoT implementations.

“The Smart Card Alliance has a proven track record in bringing industries together to move technologies forward. We’ve had positive impacts in a many markets, propelling the use of EMV chip, NFC for mobile devices, contactless fare payment in transit systems, and secure PIV identity cards in government. The Alliance aims to do the same with IoT,” said Randy Vanderhoof, executive director of the Smart Card Alliance.

“The Internet of Things Security Council will provide a single forum where all industry stakeholders can network, share implementation experiences, and discuss applications and security approaches, as well as provide best practices and education to the industry to promote security and privacy,” Vanderhoof added.

Similar to other Smart Card Alliance councils in areas such as payments, transportation, identity, mobility and healthcare, the Internet of Things Security Council will provide guidance and insights through white papers, briefs, Webinars, seminars, infographics, and other resources.

One of the Alliance’s first IoT activities will be the Security of Things conference, to be held October 19-20, 2016 in Chicago. The event will focus on security, authentication and the Internet of Things.

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