Smart Card Alliance releases primer to give education and guidance on securing growing IoT market

The Smart Card Alliance released Tuesday a high-level educational resource outlining the security value of embedded hardware technology in end devices used in IoT applications.

Participants involved in the development of this white paper include Accenture, Allegion, CH2M, Discover Financial Services, Exponent, First Data, Giesecke & Devrient, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Intercede Limited, IQ Devices, Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), NextGen ID, NXP Semiconductors, Safran Identity & Security, Underwriters Laboratories (UL), and Verifone.

The Alliance invests heavily in education on the appropriate uses of technology for identification, payment and other applications and strongly advocates the use of smart card technology in a way that protects privacy and enhances data security and integrity.

Through specific projects such as education programs, market research, advocacy, industry relations and open forums, the Alliance keeps its members connected to industry leaders and innovative thought. The Alliance is the single industry voice for smart card technology, leading industry discussion on the impact and value of smart cards in the U.S. and Latin America.

The priorities of the Alliance include to influence standards that are relevant to smart card adoption and implementation; to maintain a voice in public policy that affects smart card adoption and implementation; to serve as an educational resource to its members and the industry; and to provide a forum for discussions and projects on issues surrounding smart cards.

The white paper, “Embedded Hardware Security for IoT Applications,” was created by the Smart Card Alliance’s Internet of Things Security Council. The paper discusses embedded security where hardware and/or software security mechanisms are built into the end devices used in an IoT architecture.

It also considers basic security principles that are critical for IoT implementations and reviews the application of these security principles for an example use case – managing the lifecycle of IoT devices. It also draws focus on embedded hardware security, where end devices include hardware features and functions to ensure that the appropriate security requirements are implemented and maintained

The Smart Card Alliance also recently launched a new content portal that features relevant news, resources, expert commentary and thought leadership on the security and privacy of IoT.

The Smart Card Alliance formed its Internet of Things Security Council to provide a single forum where all industry stakeholders can discuss applications and security approaches, develop best practices and advocate for the use of standards for IoT security implementations.

The council welcomes participation from organizations involved in the many IoT ecosystems to participate in these efforts, as well as to network and share implementation experiences.

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