Editorial N°12: A first European label for the safety of the Internet of Things

  With the increasing number of connected objects around the world – according to a Gartner study released in November 2018, nearly 14 billion IoT devices are in circulation in 2019 and 25 billion are expected by 2021 – there is a need for standardization and security criteria. Cybercriminals make them privileged targets because they can access the Internet of Things physically and carry out attacks on components, steal confidential data and much worse. Due to their democratization, most of these connected devices are evidence of design flaws that are often underestimated by individuals and manufacturers. Manufacturers, professionals, but also users are the first to be concerned about the need to make IoT security a priority.

It is for this reason that digital.security, a subsidiary of the Econocom group, dedicated to the security of connected objects, launched on June 20, 2019, an IoT “Qualified as Secured (IQS)” certification program. Faced with the growing threat of cyber-attacks due to breaches and lack of security on connected objects, the first European CERT dedicated to the security of connected objects has designed its label as a reliable, independent indicator but also as a guarantee of security for future buyers, users and professionals.

IQS will be based on a reference framework integrating national and international safety standards, good practices known as “safety hygiene”, and the requirements resulting from the feedback from digital.security. The security requirements framework adapted to the IoT will cover the themes of Protection of data exchanges (PED), Protection of technical platforms (PTP), Protection of data access (PDA) and Traceability (TRA).

The IoT sector is diverse and affects different economic sectors, such as home automation, the Internet of Industrial Objects, connected health, and connected vehicles. digital.security continues to raise awareness among users about the risks of piracy. It is also through the publication of a White Paper on the security of connected objects in 2018, that digital.security strengthens its footprint and exposes its desire to secure connected objects and provide answers for standardization and certification of the IoT. The Internet of Things represents an important market and affects dynamic sectors of activity. As previously, stated, home automation observes about 21% of IoT investment for the period 2016-2021, connected vehicles, 18.3% for the same period. The so-called “risky” sectors of activity also invest in the IoT. The Internet of Industrial Objects invests 12% for the period 2016-2021 and e-health 16% for the same period.

The diversity of the sectors affected thus demonstrates the need to secure the IoT. The first European label for the safety of connected objects is therefore intended to be appropriate for risk prevention and appears as a real guarantee of safety.