A set of IoT Security guidelines was recently released by the European Union Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA). These guidelines are based on a thorough deep & give insights into securing the supply chain for IoT. Everything from hardware, software & services are covered in the set of guidelines prepared by adroit professionals. 

The guidelines are aimed at helping people involved in each step of the supply chain, viz. The manufacturers, developers, stakeholders and integrators. Each step of the process, from designing & requirements to delivery, maintenance & disposal, everything has been taken into account while preparing them. With the help of these guidelines, stakeholders will be able to make better decisions when it comes to assessing, deploying or building IoT technologies. 

The ENISA Survey to decide the IoT security guidelines

IoT or Internet of Things is the concept that allows for communication via the internet. This happens via the use of remote devices connected to each other over the internet. From home to business processes & automation, all can be simplified with the use of IoT. Though it brings ease, it is can be a vulnerable point when it comes to security. The increased use of IoT and data usage due to them increases the risk of data breaches.

With time, organizations have become more reliant on third parties in order to stay safe of cybersecurity threats. To take complete advantage of IoT, it is a prerequisite to secure the supply chain of products & services. This is because due to low visibility & lack of technological understanding, IoT becomes a weakness rather than a strength for organizations when it comes to cybersecurity.

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Two critical threats in IoT supply chain are the existence of untrustworthy third-party vendors & components and the vulnerability management of these components. ENISA had conducted a survey, to identify these threats in the IoT Supply Chain system. It takes into account all the stages of the event process, necessary security measures, identifies beneficial security practices along with other guidelines to benefit the organizations.

Insights from the best cybersecurity experts have been taken into account to create the ENISA guidelines. These guidelines are important to be considered at every stage of IoT devices’ lifespan. The guidelines will help organizations tackle various complexities of IoT by adopting a comprehensive approach to security. They will help enhance the existing security standards & set up newer stronger principles for the same.  

The ENISA guidelines serve as an important factor when it comes to ensuring compliance with cybersecurity best practices. The survey & the resulting guidelines could work as a base for organizations to build their own cybersecurity guidelines. The survey also identifies & resolves cybersecurity risks & challenges in the IoT supply chain.