Because of its increasing concerns about the security (or lack thereof) of the Internet of Things (IoT), the Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET) Academy has teamed up with UK-based IOTICS to develop and release a course titled ‘Securing the Internet of Things Networks’, the two jointly announced this week. The eight-module e-learning course is designed to provide an insight into the IoT, outlines the basics of cyber security, and describes a framework to protect IoT assets. It reportedly also examines real-world examples of IoT deployments, provides IoT implementation guidance, and examines how to build secure networks.
As enterprises move into finding solutions that introduce interoperability across their organizations and the wider supply chain, the broader threat from insecure data acquisition devices like IoT can’t be ignored. The creation of a digital twin-based ecosystem enables IoT devices and their virtual versions, to enhance the technology that companies already hold, rather than threatening them. This is done by allowing the twins of assets, such as previously insecure IoT devices, to intelligently interoperate with one another within this ecosystem, in order to gain and share relevant data and information in an entirely secure way.
“With the rush to market with IoT products and solutions, too often the question of security and integrity is overlooked”, said Sophie Peachey, IOTICS. “Creating an interoperable ecosystem in which digital twins of assets and devices are able to communicate, means that rather than causing a threat to company security, IoT devices can now complement existing technology.”
The course was authored by Dr Adrian Davis, the Lead for Standards and Partnerships at Object, working on global identity solutions using blockchain, and editor for the International Standards Organization and Visiting Professor at Sunderland University.
“The course is designed to help engineers looking to embrace the IoT to become more aware of the issues, so that IoT security is built in at the design phase and is not an afterthought,” said Peachey “The IET Academy’s flexible online learning platform ensures that people can improve their knowledge of IoT security ‘anytime, anywhere’.”
A version of this article originally published on IoT Evolution.
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