Korea state agency launches IoT security platform

IoT security
 The ‘Cyber Threat Analysis and Sharing’ programme developed by South Korea’s KISA and the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning has led to more than 90 organisations and companies using the system, sharing 36 categories of potential cyber risks

In East Asia, the Korea Internet and Security Agency (KISA) has announced plans to open a security testbed in a bid to “safeguard smart devices and networking systems,” reports The Korea Times.

The government agency said the platform can be used to test any smart device prior to its launch. It added that the security platform will also act as a hub for bringing together small and medium-sized businesses to share technological expertise.

Baik Kee-seung, president and CEO of KISA, said:  “Security has become an indispensable part of the IoT industry.

“The IoT security test-bed will serve as a base camp for the next-generation IoT ecosystem.”

IoT security platform expansion

The agency, part of South Korea’s Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning, expects to open the test bed on 21 October, 2015.

Once up and running, KISA plans to expand its IoT security platform to other sectors – telecoms specifically.

The agency will partner with Korea’s major mobile carriers – SK Telecom, KT and LG Uplus – to create a separate platform aimed at identifying vulnerabilities in the IoT and telecom industry.

KISA is also reported to have commercialised a solution to secure 4G networks – shared with mobile carrier, KT and exported to Japan’s mobile operator – NTT Docomo.

Expanding its cooperation with the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning, the two parties are working to build a security information-sharing system, ‘Cyber Threat Analysis and Sharing’, in a bid to “systemise measures” to address IoT security attacks.