Securing the Internet of Things - OCF 2.0 Specification

by Parks Associates | Oct. 31, 2018

Submitted by Open Connectivity Foundation.

The security of Internet of Things devices has always been one of the top priorities of the Open Connectivity Foundation. As more devices come online every day, the amount of cybersecurity risks continues to climb – from privacy issues to theft of personal data.

That’s why OCF is constantly working to improve the security features of devices. These are included before the device even goes online, giving consumers the peace of mind that they’ve purchased a secure product. The OCF 2.0 Specification includes new security features and capabilities that allow what is known as procedural trust.

Procedural trust allows users to give devices certain credentials through a process called onboarding and provisioning. This provides an extra layer of security in networks where many devices are added to the system at once.

Users should also consider the following questions when onboarding and provisioning new devices:
-- Do you trust this device to connect to the network?
-- Do you trust the device to be honest about what it says it is?
-- Are you going to allow this device to connect to the internet? Or are you going to require it goes through a control or proxy device?
-- Are you going to allow this device to connect to a cloud service provider?

Click here to learn more about the OCF 2.0 Specification.

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