Securing the Internet of Things: Indo-German Exchange on Standards and Certification

  • 16 May, 2019
  • Mumbai

Around 30 participants from the government, subordinate organisations, and the private sector discussed the role of standards and certification for the security of Internet of Things (IoT) devices at an Indo-German expert workshop on 16 May 2019 in Mumbai. The expert workshop took place at the side-lines of it-sa India, India’s IT security expo and conference.

Senior officials from the Indian Ministry of Electronics and IT, Ministry of Consumer Affairs, and Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS)

IoT devices – networked products and devices which are non-standard computers – are increasingly being used by individuals and companies across sectors. Whether in manufacturing, healthcare, smart home or interconnected vehicles, cyber security solutions are needed that prevent negative impacts for people’s health and privacy, business activities, the environment, and national security. Given the international relevance of IoT device security, India and Germany collaborate on effective responses by the public and private sectors.

The workshop was attended by senior officials from the Indian Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution, the Indian Ministry of Electronics and IT, the Bureau of Indian Standards and representatives from German and Indian companies and industry associations. In his presentation, Dr Dennis-Kenji Kipker from the University of Bremen gave an overview of new regulations in Germany and the European Union (EU) related to the security of IoT devices.

The participants highlighted that consistent standards and regulations across countries are essential to avoid fragmentation, which create barriers for market access. Experts expressed that devices need security built in by design which can be ensured through adequate conformity assessment.

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