BT, Intercede and Imagination offer ‘trust continuum’ for IoT security

Imagination, a global technology company, and Intercede, a digital identity and credentials expert, have partnered to demonstrate a “trust continuum” focusing on enhanced Internet of Things (IoT) security at BT’s bi-annual Innovation 2017 event.

The parties demonstrated how an end-to-end chain of trust is established via the home gateway by architecting systems-on-chips (SoCs) for home gateway routers to enable them to become secure, intelligent hubs for all IoT devices and services within the home while also providing operators and their IoT providers dynamic deployment, provisioning, and management of these services. It provides assurance that a connected device is on a trusted path running authentic manufacturer-installed software, and operating in its intended state.

Efforts are also put forth to define the APIs necessary to ensure hardware-enforced, end-to-end security in the evolving service-based economy, with the first of those APIs imminently being rolled out for peer review.

The demonstration also sheds light on Imagination’s OmniShield enabled MIPS CPUs supporting multiple isolated Trusted Runtime Environments, Intercede’s powerful MyTAM client and mobile app, L4Re hypervisor from Kernkonzept, and a MIPS-based SoC from Baikal Electronics.

Elsewhere, ENISA has published an IoT security proposal which argues: “A European scheme for certification and the development of an associated trust label should be evaluated, to ensure that reliable security processes and services are being developed to support industry in implementing security features in their products to encourage the development of mandatory staged requirements for security and privacy in the IoT, including some minimal requirements. These common principles should be considered in future revisions and new legislative initiatives.”

Udo Helmbrecht, Executive Director at ENISA, said: “Trusted solutions and a common defined level for the security and privacy of connected and smart devices is both recommended and needed, to allow Europe to reap the benefits of soon to become ubiquitous technologies.” 

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