The Smart Card Alliance, a not-for-profit, multi-industry association focused on the adoption and use smart card technology, has formed the Internet of Things Security Council to address growing concerns about the security and privacy of the Internet of Things (IoT).

The new alliance will develop and promote best practices and provide educational resources on implementing secure IoT architectures using embedded security and privacy technology.

Similar to other Smart Card Alliance councils in areas such as payments, transportation, identity, mobility and healthcare, the Internet of Things Security Council will provide guidance and insights through white papers, briefs, Webinars, seminars, infographics, and other resources.

“We’ve had positive impacts in a many markets, propelling the use of EMV chip, NFC for mobile devices, contactless fare payment in transit systems, and secure PIV identity cards in government,” said Randy Vanderhoof, executive director of the Smart Card Alliance. The alliance aims to do the same with IoT, he said.

“The Internet of Things Security Council will provide a single forum where all industry stakeholders can network, share implementation experiences, and discuss applications and security approaches, as well as provide best practices and education to the industry to promote security and privacy,” Vanderhoof said.

The council will focus on IoT markets where security, safety and privacy are key requirements, leveraging the expertise and knowledge gained from implementing embedded security technology across other industries to provide practical guidance for secure IoT implementations.

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