Internet of things (IoT) has evolved from a concept to a fully matured technology that came up as a prime technology leading Industry 4.0.
IoT along with other emerging technologies, such as Artificial intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML), Edge computing, and 5G has started to create value and deliver a competitive edge to organizations in diverse sectors from BFSI, manufacturing, energy, logistics, healthcare, asset management to smart cities.
According to the NASSCOM report, the IoT market in India will touch USD 35.2 billion by 2023 and account for nearly 5% of the total global market and is expected to grow by 33.3% CAGR.
The government of India (GoI) is taking measures to enable a well-connected ecosystem in India through its progressive policies to provide an impetus for IoT growth. In this wake, GoI released a Draft IoT Policy 2016 and a National Digital Communications policy 2018.
To revolutionize the Indian IoT ecosystem with modern infrastructure, IoT Centre of Excellence (CoE) was set up by GoI in collaboration with NASSCOM, Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeITY), and The Education and Research Network (ERNET).
The Centre of Excellence(CoE) for IoT aims at building “next wave” talent with incubation, funding, acceleration, networking, and mentoring via IoT Start-ups Program.
Telecommunication Engineering Center (TEC) conducted two rounds of deliberations, training IoT Security in partnership with India Future Foundation, the office of National Cyber Security Coordinator in Oct and Dec 2020.
The deliberation and training included sessions with subject matter experts from DCMS, British Standards Institute, and Indian Industry on Security by Design, best practices, and standards on IoT Security.
TEC has also led work on M2M roadmap and National Trust Center (NTC). As initial steps towards security IoT in India, it has released draft guidelines for Consumer IoT Security.
The draft guidelines/code of practice for securing consumer Internet of Things (IoT) will impact IoT device manufacturers, IoT Service providers/system integrators, IoT mobile-application developers, component providers, and consumers.
The code of practice applies to all consumer IoT products that are connected to the internet or the home network and associated services. These guidelines cover key issues on securing IoT such as:
- To act upon no universal default password.
- Ensuring Software Integrity
- To keep software updated
- To minimize exposed attack surfaces and many more
India Future Foundation will be organizing a consultation on Draft IoT Security guidelines on 22nd Jan 2021 at the Claridges from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm IST.
The consultation will involve stakeholders Indian Government and Industry stakeholder and international subject matter experts share their views on recent draft IOT Security guidelines.
As an outcome of this event, India Future Foundation will sharing a comprehensive report with the Government of India gathering the views of the industry and highlighting key recommendations for the IoT Security guidelines.