The IoT Security Policy Platform is an international consortium whose members come from government, industry, civil society and other diverse interests from around the world. The Internet of Things Security Policy Platform mission is to establish a set of best practices and reach global alignment on IoT security measures that will protect us all. On November 14, the Internet of Things Security Policy Platform released a statement to governments, manufacturers, citizens and organizations, calling on all to build strong security frameworks that meet three IoT security principles. The article that follows describes these three principles as well as a set of procedures to adhere to.

Self-driving cars, remote-controlled thermostats, medical treatments, smart TVs and virtual assistants. The Internet of Things (IoT), this vast array of devices connected to the worldwide web, is expanding rapidly.

And while it presents incredible opportunities for development, productivity and health, the promise that comes with being so connected is not without peril.

The security of our Internet of Things devices and networks is fundamental to our health and safety. Without appropriate security, our IoT devices can leak information—our physical locations and behaviour, our sensitive personal data, access points to our homes, workplaces and families—into unsafe hands.

A stranger could hack into a video feed set up to monitor children or pets. An abuser could track a former partner’s location via a home alarm setting. A burglar could map a home layout through data from an automated vacuum.

Ransomware attacks can shut down public services, utilities and companies, exposing even citizens and businesses that don’t use Internet-connected devices.

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