New global cybersecurity standard for smart cities and critical infrastructure released


The Internet of Things (IoT) Security Institute (IoTSI) has released a framework to help governments, corporates and stakeholders in the smart city industry to address IoT security challenges.

The IoT security framework is specific to smart cities and critical infrastructure and is publicly available for implementation without licensing costs or additional charges.

Alan Mihalic president of the IoTSI says the objective is to provide frameworks that can be implemented from the base build through to the build completion.

The release is part of efforts to come up with a global standard for smart city and critical infrastructure security to help cities address factors including data confidentiality, privacy and public safety levels that meet community and corporate expectations in deploying IoT technologies.

“Buildings are working spaces, information portals and community information exchanges that require appropriate security controls to meet their future potential. The IoT Security Institute is focused on ensuring that recommendations produced are simple to adopt – fitting within existing processes wherever possible. To achieve this, the IoTSI opens the channels of communication between building occupiers, facilities managers, engineers, designers and urban planners in relation to the cyber security and privacy challenges affecting building environments.

“We did not want to restrict framework adoption by imposing licensing costs or restricted access pending some kind of commercial consideration. The framework is there to be implemented and shared. Often the benefits of such initiatives get lost in the commercial requirements imposed. The IoTSI does not even charge membership dues. We did not want to be caught up in forcing membership on order to participate. It too often drives many not- for-profit agendas. We simply and easily want to get the framework to cyber and privacy professionals where it is needed. The IoT Security Institute Smart Cities and Critical Infrastructure Framework can be downloaded, and used for free from