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e-learning course ‘Securing the Internet of Things Networks’ developed

Published: 12 August 2019 - Rachael Morling

With increasing concerns about the security of the fast-growing Internet of Things (IoT), the IET (Institution of Engineering & Technology) Academy has teamed up with UK-based Iotic to develop and release a course titled ‘Securing the Internet of Things Networks’. The eight-module e-learning course provides an insight into the IoT, outlines the basics of cyber security, and describes a framework to protect IoT assets. It 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 organisations 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.

Robin Brattel, CEO at Iotic, said that: “with the rush to market with IoT products and solutions, too often the question of security and integrity is overlooked… 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 has been 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 Organisation and Visiting Professor at Sunderland University. 

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