21 May 2018

European consortium to explore cyber security and the Internet of Things

A European consortium comprised of twelve industry and academic partners from France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK has been appointed to Horizon 2020, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, to begin work on Brain-IoT.

The focus here is “interoperability and cyber security” in the era of the Internet of Things (IoT). As IoT-ready devices are deployed with greater frequency, concerns have arisen regarding dependability, privacy, safety and security – both in the civilian and defence realms. As such, the Brain-IoT project – made possible through €5 million of EU funding – now looks to establish a framework that supports the user, developing “model-based” tools to encourage greater interoperability and cyber security credentials.

Among the twelve partners appointed is Airbus CyberSecurity. The organisation’s remit will cover secure IoT devices and service provision, with the overall aim of deploying a state-of-the-art security layer alongside innovative lightweight mechanisms to secure all aspects of IoT. These solutions will be applied to unilateral devices, such as sensors, in addition to complex equipment – smart devices, for instance. Airbus CyberSecurity will also make available its expertise to the IoT working group to promote and strengthen security solutions across the entire IoT ecosystem.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for us to contribute to the most important security topic facing our generation. When it comes to IoT, it’s necessary to address tomorrow’s safety and security issues today,” said Steven Rymell, Head of Technology at Airbus CyberSecurity.

The Brain-IoT consortium is coordinated by ‘Istituto Superiore Mario Boella’ (ISMB) in Italy, and includes companies and institutions from five European countries. To find out more about the Brain-IoT project, please visit: http://brain-iot.eu.

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