The IoT Security Foundation (IoTSF) announced today that it has created a professional membership category to cater for individuals who have a personal interest in cybersecurity in applications of IoT. The launch comes in response to regular requests the Foundation receives from independent cybersecurity ‘defenders’ who want to contribute expertise, and others seeking to improve their knowledge in this dynamic field.
IoT has significant opportunity for operational efficiency, new services, and insights, yet it also increases the potential attack surface, providing adversaries with more opportunity too. The sheer scale and scope of applications bring an ever-increasing state of security complexity and whilst the principles of security are well understood, there is no universal solution. The security challenge is compounded as IoT is attracting large numbers of new vendors, operators, and end-users. It follows that a broad spectrum of stakeholders now have a role to play in ensuring IoT security is fit for purpose over the life-cycles and applications of hyper-connected systems. The new IoTSF Professional Membership category provides individuals a way to participate in the work of the Foundation and offers a number of benefits from participating in the working groups, accessing content and knowledge and most importantly, being a security advocate.
IoTSF Chairman, Professor Paul Dorey, said “We regularly get requests from people who recognize that IoT Security is presenting a problem and want to be part of the solution. This has been recognised by the IoTSF Executive Steering Board and I am therefore delighted to invite interested parties around the globe to join in the work of the IoT Security Foundation, become a security advocate and help make the emerging digital world a safer place.”
John Moor, Managing Director IoTSF, said “at our first conference, I commented that the nature of the IoT security challenge meant there is a need to find a way to collaborate at scale, to mirror the expansion of IoT across all its application domains, to be co-vigilant and propagate best practice. This announcement today is a step closer to that vision and we welcome agents across the technology landscape, from security experts, business managers, government staff and more, to join the mission to make it safe to connect. In line with our corporate membership, we’ve kept fees to a minimum as we need to engage as many in the IoTSF mission without making cost a barrier. I look forward to welcoming, and working with our professional members, wherever their interests lie.”
A full list of Professional Membership benefits and how to join can be found here.