GlobalPlatform appoints Cisco chief to handle IoT security
August 29, 2019
Non-profit industry association GlobalPlatform has appointed Cisco IoT expert Chris Steck (pictured) as strategic director to accelerate the association’s work bringing trust to the IoT ecosystem.
Steck will help GlobalPlatform define and execute its strategic priorities in line with global security requirements for connected devices, from connected cars to wearables. One of his first responsibilities is to establish an initiative within the organisation to focus on IoT security and trust.
Given the increasing need for IoT device security and trust, GlobalPlatform, a standard for secure digital services and devices, has appointed Steck, head of standardisation, IoT and industries at Cisco, to accelerate the organisation’s work on IoT security. He will provide strategic guidance to the board of directors on IoT initiatives, the security requirements of edge and fog devices, and the use of GlobalPlatform technologies to bring trust to the IoT ecosystem.
He will also assist GlobalPlatform in its on-going liaison activities with other IoT industry consortia, ensuring mutual awareness and cooperation on the development of open standards and an interoperable technical infrastructure for IoT devices and services.
“GlobalPlatform has a long history of successful component and device standardisation, which can benefit IoT security,” said Steck. “The problem of security is just too big for any one company to solve alone. The GlobalPlatform membership is perfectly placed to go beyond simply defining best practice and help the market to actually implement security. I look forward to collaborating with the board, committees and task forces to further align the strategic direction of the organisation with the requirements of the IoT ecosystem.”
One of his first responsibilities is to establish an initiative within the organisation to focus on IoT security and trust.
“The connected device landscape is expanding rapidly but many devices are not secure enough to protect against threats and attacks,” said Kevin Gillick, executive director at GlobalPlatform. “Considering the sensitive nature of the data being gathered and exchanged between many connected devices, the lack of standardised security poses a significant risk. As we accelerate our work to standardise the design, certification, deployment and management of IoT devices, Chris will play a vital role in helping the board to define and execute its strategic priorities in line with global industry requirements.”
GlobalPlatform is a non-profit industry association driven by approximately 90 member companies. Members share a common goal to develop specification for enabling digital services and devices to be trusted and securely managed throughout their lifecycle.
The organisation protects digital services by standardising and certifying a security hardware and firmware combination, known as a secure component, which acts as an on-device trust anchor. This facilitates collaboration between service providers and device manufacturers, empowering them to ensure adequate security within all devices to protect against threats.
Its specifications also standardise the secure management of digital services and devices once deployed in the field. Altogether, it enables convenient and secure digital service delivery to end users, while supporting privacy, regardless of market sector or device type. Devices secured include smartphones, tablets, set-top boxes, wearables, connected cars, other IoT devices and smart cards.