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The IOTAC project creates a secure and data protection-friendly IoT architecture Philipp Plum/ Fraunhofer FOKUS

New EU research and innovation project IOTAC for secure IoT architectures

News from Sep. 22, 2020

In the IOTAC project (Security by Design IoT Development and Certificate Framework with Frontend Access Control), industrial players and research institutions from seven European countries are working together to improve IoT service environments' resilience.

The IOTAC project aims to develop a novel, secure, and privacy-friendly IoT architecture that will facilitate the development and operation of more resilient IoT service environments.

The technologies to be implemented include front-end access control and several runtime security functions such as AI-based detection models, honeypots, checkpointing, and monitoring systems and are integrated into a secure gateway. The proposed system will provide security countermeasures on both hardware and software levels and are based on the "Security by Design" paradigm. The recommended guidelines and procedures cover the entire development cycle of secure software, from design, development, and testing to evaluation and certification.

Fraunhofer FOKUS will contribute with innovative technologies and tools to secure the IoT framework during implementation by functional and security tests and operation by modern attack detection methods. Fraunhofer FOKUS is also involved in the development of a methodology for the certification of IOTAC applications.

The results will be demonstrated and validated in four IoT use cases: Industry (remote terminal operation), consumer (smart home), automotive (autonomous driving), and aviation (drone operation). With 13 project partners, the consortium includes all stakeholders of the IoT ecosystem, service providers, OEMs, technology providers, developers, security experts and research partners. A laboratory environment also enables the integration of the end-users.

The project has a three-year term and is funded with five million euros from the European Commission's H2020 program and coordinated by Atos Hungary. In addition to companies and research institutions from France, Greece, Hungary, Luxembourg, Poland and Spain, Fraunhofer FOKUS and the Technical University of Berlin are also involved as project partners.

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