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GlobalPlatform signs MoU to secure Russian IoT

Steve Rogerson
March 28, 2019
Non-profit industry association GlobalPlatform has signed an MoU with the Trusted Platform Association (TPA), an organisation bringing together Russian cyber-security companies to create a collaborative IoT ecosystem. The initiative will align GlobalPlatform’s specifications with existing Russian regulations to deliver security and interoperability to the industry.
The joint initiative will focus on aligning GlobalPlatform’s specifications, which standardise the secure management of digital services and devices, with existing Russian requirements and regulations. This harmonisation of standards should deliver security and interoperability to the industry by expanding regional compliance and certification programmes, bringing time and cost efficiencies to IoT stakeholders.
“The Russian IoT market is expected to reach $74bn by 2023, but there is an observed disconnect within the international body of standards in the areas of integrated mobile and IoT security,” said Andrey Tikhonov, TPA president. “Our partnership with GlobalPlatform will increase the adoption of international security standards, enabling leading cyber-security companies, mobile network operators, service providers, integrators and device manufacturers to interact seamlessly when deploying secure digital services. This will also allow our companies to bring their products to the global arena in full compliance with the leading standards in trust and security.”
To support its goals, the TPA is considering opening a design centre and certification laboratory focused on accelerating the adoption of GlobalPlatform technologies in the Skolkovo Innovation Center.
“An increasing number and variety of devices are being brought online to access digital services,” said Gil Bernabeu, technical director for GlobalPlatform. “Yet many manufacturers have no experience of developing and managing connected devices, meaning that countless devices are not secure enough to protect against threats and attacks. As a champion of international standardisation, GlobalPlatform is proud to be collaborating with the TPA. This relationship will enhance our standards and accelerate the deployment of secure services in Russia, enabling service providers and device manufacturers to focus on the value of their products and services.”
Yaroslav Petrichkovich, CEO of Elvees, added: “Information has become a new infinite natural resource. The high global penetration of IoT represents the new challenges facing information security, especially in critical information infrastructure. The adoption of common standards of trust and security led by GlobalPlatform represents a key international effort to mitigate surrounding risks. Our company is delighted to cooperate and contribute to the global community."
And Arutyun Avetisyan, director of the Institute for System Programming at the Russian Academy of Sciences said: “We are delighted to see an increase in global collaboration in the areas of trust and security. ISP RAS is interested in contributing its internationally renowned expertise and methodology in formal models, verification and deep analysis to the areas promoted by GlobalPlatform.”
GlobalPlatform is a non-profit industry association driven by approximately 100 member companies. Members share a common goal to develop GlobalPlatform’s specifications for enabling digital services and devices to be trusted and securely managed throughout their lifecycle.