Securing the Internet of Things

  • Paul DoreyEmail author


The Internet of Things (IoT) is an umbrella term used to describe the rapidly growing population of smart and/or embedded digital devices that can leverage, monitor and control systems and components in the physical world. In order to understand the need to safely maximise the many potential benefits of these important technology developments, this chapter describes the security challenges that they bring and how these challenges arise. Based on past experiences of security in IT and Industrial Control Systems , as well as the special characteristics of the IoT, the author identifies the need for security work by those working on IoT systems in the three key areas as follows:
  • Establishing mechanisms to determine a firm’s direction and stance for both security and privacy risk/leadership to inform its IoT deployment and use.

  • Making sure that a robust risk assessment and security framework is held up against proposed IoT designs/deployments.

  • Developing a clear position on whether to use open versus closed IoT systems , whilst recognising that the purpose of many IoT systems will expand and evolve substantially over time.

In this chapter, the means for addressing these three challenges are combined into a proposed overall decision-making framework for developing an IoT security strategy.


Internet of Things IoT Wearable Mobile Mesh Privacy Industrial control ICS Industrial internet Cloud Agency Big data Security by design Strategy Device Embedded system 



The author wishes to thank Professor Keith Mayes of Royal Holloway, University of London, as well as David Moschella and Adrian Seccombe of the Leading Edge Forum for their help in developing some of these ideas.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Information Security GroupRoyal Holloway, University of LondonEghamUK

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