Industrial IoT need new standards but enterprises can’t wait


The latest article written by Ofer Amitai, CEO and co-founder of Portnox, talks about Industrial Internet of Things and network security with a focus on the need for new standards.

In its latest article over at, Ofer Amitai, CEO and co-founder of Portnox talks about Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and the need for both industry and professional standards that have a big focus on security.

Since the Internet of Things has become a big thing and since pretty much every device is now connected, from smartphones, wearables, cars, to home appliances and industrial equipment, there is a big need to create universal standards for IIoT that will cover a wide expanse of areas, with a big focus on the security.

Ofer says that while several standard groups, including those led by big companies like Google, Intel, and Qualcomm, have already started devising universal IoT/IIoT standards, none has prevailed, leaving the industry in a struggle to get to the point when it will help IT security management to make a secure network.

Some progress has been spotted

There has been some progress including one from The International Telecommunication Union Standardisation Sector (ITU-T) Study Group which met in Singapore and came up with two new global recommendations for IOT.

One of those recommendations identifies common parameters for security management, remote activation, diagnostics and software upgrades.

Another move in the right direction also include The Industrial Internet Consortium, which is devising guidelines for security, connectivity and interoperability, and comes backed by industry giants like AT&T, Cisco, GE, IBM, and Intel.

Enterprises can’t wait for universal IIoT standards

The article concludes that while universal IIoT standards will significantly help with network security, enterprises can’t rely that these will come in time and have to make sure that they focus on strong network access control. Network access control (NAC), allow them to monitor and control all segments of the network, which is a good path to a secure network.

You can check out the full article over at