10 October 2018

The Internet of Things within the IETF (PDF)

Marco Davids, research engineer at SIDN Labs: 'From our SPIN research, it's clear that further standardisation is needed in the IoT world. The IoT is currently going through a sort of pioneering phase, characterised by uncontrolled growth. That inevitably gives rise to security issues. Fortunately, various initiatives are seeking to address that situation. For example, plans are being developed that would enable manufacturers and others to provide IoT product firewall profiles, which home routers would implement automatically when products are connected. The system would make use of, for example, MUD profiles, which are the subject of a draft IETF standard that is directly relevant to our work.

Within the SPIN project, we are exploring the possibilities and the shortcomings of such solutions. One of the things we're looking at is the scope for further standardisation. In that context, we envisage making various practical proposals for improving and extending the MUD standard. Our ideas will be refined in the period ahead.

Developments taking place within the IETF and the IRTF (Internet Research Task Force) are therefore interesting and relevant in relation to SIDN Labs' research. Active involvement in those organisations consequently supports our work and our mission of promoting safe and convenient digital living. Following the last IETF meeting, we produced the report linked below, which provides an overview of the IoT-related activities taking place within the IETF that are relevant to our SPIN work.

Download the report: The Internet of Things within the IETF

Source: The internet needs standards. What is SIDN Labs doing to help?

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