New European consortium to improve IoT security

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A new European consortium is to begin working on Brain-IoT, a framework to improve the interoperability and security of Internet of Things (IoT) devices.

The consortium includes 12 industry and academic partners from France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the UK, including Airbus CyberSecurity, Siemens AG, and service robotics company, Robotnik.

The consortium is headed by Istituto Superiore Mario Boella (ISMB) in Italy, and co-funded by European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme, with a budget of €5 million.

Brain-IoT aims to establish a framework and methodology that supports IoT platforms, offering model-based tools to aid the development of innovative, integrated solutions for interoperability and cybersecurity.

It also aims to embed both security control features and greater security awareness in IoT systems, especially in scenarios such as critical infrastructure management. The development of modular AI systems that can be deployed across networks of standardised IoT devices will be a core focus of the project, especially in edge and hybrid cloud environments.

Airbus CyberSecurity is among those providing expertise and technologies to the framework, with a focus on secure IoT devices and service provision. The objective is to create a state-of-the-art security layer and lightweight mechanisms for trusted systems, said the company.

Airbus explained that the resulting solutions will apply equally to simple devices, such as sensors, and more complex equipment, such as smartphones.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for us to contribute to the most important security topic facing our generation,” said Steven Rymell, head of technology for Airbus CyberSecurity. “When it comes to the IoT, it’s necessary to address tomorrow’s safety and security issues today.”


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