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Deploy360 3 August 2018

ISOC Advocating IoT Trust at APAN 46

Kevin Meynell
By Kevin MeynellSenior Manager, Technical and Operational Engagement

APAN 46 is being held on 5-9 August 2018 in Auckland, New Zealand, with the Internet Society being one of the sponsors. I’ll also be talking about IoT Security and the OTA IoT Trust Framework, as well as using the opportunity to continue to raise awareness of the MANRS Routing Security Initiative amongst network operators in the Asia-Pacific region.

The Asia Pacific Advanced Network (APAN) supports the research and education networks in the region to help them to connect to each other and to other R&E networks around the world, provides opportunities to exchange knowledge, and coordinates common activities, services and applications for its membership. It was established back in 1997, and this is the second of its two annual meetings for 2018.

I’ll be speaking during the Internet-of-Things session next Wednesday (8 August 2018 @ 09.00-10.30 UTC+12), and will discuss how IoT is responsible for huge growth in the number of unmanaged or minimally-managed devices connected to the Internet, but do we really know who or what is communicating with them, and the information they are collecting and sending? I’ll also present ISOC’s Online Trust Alliance’s initiative to develop the IoT Trust Framework which is backed by major industry players to promote best practices in the protection of user security, privacy, identity, data stewardship, and life cycle management.

KOREN, one of the Korean R&E networks, will also be talking about its SmartX Platform during the same session, which aims to provide an open, programmable, user-centric test environment for IoT application developers. Then KREONET, another Korean R&E network, will be presenting its ScienceLoRa service which offers a wireless IoT network for science applications based on LPWAN technology. Low-Power Wide-Area Networks (LPWAN) are designed to allow long range communications from remote devices (e.g. sensors) using a low bit rate to conserve limited battery power.

Other highlights of the conference include David Lassner (University of Hawaii) who will highlight some of the new fibre projects in the Pacific regions that are finally enabling R&E networking in some of the remotest global locations. Jamie Curtis (REANNZ) will follow-up on this theme by presenting about the recent completion of the Hawaiki Cable which is linking Australia, New Zealand, American Samoa and the USA

There’s also an interesting IoT-related talk by Gill Jolly (GNS Science) who’ll be discussing GeoNet which is a network of 600 instruments to monitor geological hazards (e.g. earthquakes and volcanoes) in New Zealand and Vanuatu. Takuji Kiura (NARO) and Royboon Rassameethes (HAII) will then round-off the conference by presenting how remote sensing, big data and AI are being used for improving agriculture processes.

For those interested in training, Sunday and Monday are largely devoted to this, including a TRANSITS-I workshop that introduces network incident and handing practices for CERT/CSIRTs, as well as a session on setting up DNSSEC.

The conference is being held at the Grand Millennium Hotel in the centre of Auckland, and more information can be found on the APAN 46 website.

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Disclaimer: Viewpoints expressed in this post are those of the author and may or may not reflect official Internet Society positions.

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