prpl Foundation joins with IoTSF to put ‘security by design’ at core of embedded computing

The prpl Foundation and the IoT Security Foundation (IoTSF), announced Monday that they have entered into a formal agreement to cooperate on projects that put ‘security by design’ into the Internet of Things.

IoTSF members will be invited to participate in the prpl Security and Virtualization Working Group which explores the application of hardware virtualization to create security by separation at the most basic level: the hardware itself. prpl members will be invited to take part in the IoTSF’s Self Certification work that is focused on determining a comprehensive security assurance framework for firms throughout the IoT supply chain which is accessible to all and readily actionable.

“The prpl Foundation and the IoTSF share a belief that security is a fundamental requirement to the enablement and adoption of connected devices,” said Art Swift, president of the prpl Foundation. “We are delighted to work together to advance the many aspects of IoT security to make its widespread use less risky so consumers can use the IoT to its full potential safely.”

Last week, prpl Foundation entered into a deal with the Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA), an international not-for-profit industry association dedicated to the advancement of intelligent home and intelligent building technologies. The mutual alliance will see both membership groups working together on research projects and whitepapers to improve standards in smart home security.

prpl (pronounced “Purple”) represents leaders in the technology industry investing in innovation in efficiency, portability and compatibility for the good of a broad community of developers, businesses and consumers. Initial domains targeted by prpl include data center, networking and storage, connected consumer and embedded/IoT.

“As a participant in both prpl and the IoTSF, I look forward to the progress that we can help make towards securing connected devices at a time when it has never been more important,” said Majid Bemanian, Director of Networking & Storage, Segment Marketing at Imagination, who sits on the Board of Directors for the IoTSF and co-chairs the Security Group at the prpl Foundation. “As an industry, we are on the cusp of a crucial tipping point, so the time is now to leverage the power of open source and community collaboration to make security an instrumental aspect of IoT from SoC inception to full operation, rather than an afterthought.”

Both parties will work continually to increase the span of influence and establish a “supply chain of trust” in which all IoT stakeholders can play a part towards creating a more secure IoT. This will be achieved through mutual cooperation and participating in each other’s projects and working groups, apart from industry events and activities. The organizations have also agreed to work to a mutually agreed code of ethics based on trust and collaboration.

“With digital and communications technologies permeating all aspects of modern life, the IoT is considered by many to be the next evolution of the Internet,” said John Moor, Managing Director of the IoT Security Foundation. “Yet there are many challenges ahead and industry must work together to agree on ethics as well as standards. Both IoTSF and prpl agree that security must be forged into the design of embedded computing devices and therefore collaborating on joint projects and complementing each other’s work can only be viewed as a positive for society as a whole.”

An element of the collaboration, around the IoTSF Self Certification Working Group, will be discussed Tuesday in London at the IoTSF Conference 2016 entitled Building an Internet of Trust.

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