IoT Reference Framework eWS3 IoTAA

The Internet of Things Alliance Australia (IoTAA) has launched the IoT Reference Framework, which aims to ensure consistency in referring to IoT environments.

The IoT Framework was announced by IoTAA enabler, Work Stream 3 (eWS3) – Cyber Security and Network Resilience.

The IoT Reference Framework is applicable to any IoT solution architecture. It takes into consideration end-to-end solution aspects, including IoT endpoints, connectivity, network, user, platform, application, solution and ecosystem.

The Framework’s purposes include providing a ‘common language’ to facilitate discussions amongst the IoT community, as well as a factual, vendor-neutral information on end-to- end IoT building blocks.

It also assists organisations to clearly and simply document and articulate their IoT solution requirements.

The Framework was borne from the need for the IoT industry and consumers to access a consistent architecture when referring to their IoT environment(s), regardless of their level of complexity or application.

The Security and Network Resilience enabler workstream within the IoTAA recognised that it would be impossible to create a specific reference security architecture for each and every unique combination of the billions of potential IoT devices the world may see deployed.

A straightforward, ‘generic’ framework was required.

eWS3 Chair, Matt Tett, said the organisation’s members had to challenge traditional architecture models to develop an IoT Reference Framework that is applicable to any IoT ecosystem.

“The Framework they have developed is highly adaptable and ensures that the full spectrum from top to bottom is covered,” Mr Tett said.

“The best thing is that is has security embedded in it ensuring that no longer is information security bolted on as an afterthought, or left aside entirely.”

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