IoT Security Policy Platform

The Internet of Things (IoT) is changing virtually every aspect of our lives.

Connected devices can help us improve our personal health, run our businesses more efficiently, and drive economic development and growth worldwide. The opportunities are infinite, but so are the risks.

The IoT Security Policy Platform is a collaborative body of government agencies and global organizations working together to make security a pillar of our digital future.

Collaborating for a safer future online

IoT is constantly evolving, and so are the threats against it. The IoT Security Policy Platform believes collaboration is the best way to stay ahead of emerging risks online.

The Platform’s goal is to gather, coordinate and promote global best practices in IoT security to address key challenges to the ecosystem. By harmonizing global efforts to promote security among manufacturers, retailers, policymakers, regulators, and consumers trying to make good choices, we can take greater strides towards a safer connected future for all.

Stronger working together

Everyone can play a role in building a safer connected future. The IoT Security Policy Platform is made up of national government agencies, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) working in this space, that draw on the strength and expertise of all stakeholders to develop solutions to protect both people and innovation online.

Platform members must meet one of two criteria:

  • Already have developed an IoT security framework
  • Actively developing an IoT security framework through a multistakeholder process.

Internet of Things (IoT) Security Policy Platform Statement

14 November 2019

Read the full statement

(translations provided by IoT Security Platform members)

Expert Advisors Group

There are many individuals engaged in IoT security who do not work directly for a government agency or non-governmental organization engaged on this topic, but are independent subject matter experts and leaders in IoT security. These individuals’ voices are important in global discussions, and the Expert Advisors Group was created to include their perspectives.

In the initial stages of this initiative, the Expert Advisors Group will be comprised of one individual from each participating member country. Additional Experts may be included at a later date. 

Next Steps

The Platform has clear goals and deliverables through the end of 2019. After that, they may choose to re-charter and continue their work, at their discretion.

Anyone interested in becoming a member of the IoT Security Policy Platform must be a representative of a government agency or global organization, meet the criteria of the Platform, and be approved by a majority of the existing members. 

Those interested in joining the Expert Advisors Group must meet one of two criteria and be approved by a majority of the existing members of the Platform: 

  1. Have expertise in relevant area(s) in the judgment of a majority of members; OR
  1. A designated subject matter expert from a trade organization or alliance representing connected-device manufacturers, service providers, or retailers, with a clear interest in contributing to the work of the Platform.

For more information, contact [email protected].

Examples of collaborative approaches to IoT

Learn more about collaborative initiatives to build security into our connected future in countries like Canada, France, Senegal, and initiatives such as Dynamic Coalition and the IGF’s Best Practice Forum on IoT.

Members Testimonials

Why did you join this group and what do you hope to get out of it?

In order to address a global development driven by global industry, it is important that a common understanding of “global good practice” is developed amongst governments thus to ensure the emergence of a healthy ecosystem in which we can benefit best from the promises that come with connected technologies.

Maarten Botterman

This is a great forum to bring countries (and at times, important industry associations) from across the world together to understand what work they are undertaking on IoT security, to share evidence and work together to align our work and avoid fragmentation.

Ed Venmore-Rowland, DCMS

I participate in the group to share our experience in the field, and to take advantage of the experiences of others and to enrich research on IoT for the development and security of their uses in our countries.

Ndeye Fatou Coundoul, Senegal