With the Internet of Things (IoT), we are seamlessly linking the cyber and physical worlds, extending the risk area to safety and necessitating a broader security approach. IoT is proving to be one of our infrastructure’s weak points. With billions, and eventually trillions, of gadgets on the market, security dangers are increasing at an alarming rate. Our economic and societal forces are combining to form a perfect storm, a pervasive infrastructure of billions of IoT gadgets that, on the one hand, will control our lives and economy, but will be absolutely unmanageable from a security standpoint.
Further aggravating the risk, IoT systems are frequently designed and engineered in places over which we have no control, and unless we want to effectively surrender our digital sovereignty by relying solely on foreign solutions for national cyber security, we must find a way to secure them regardless of provenance or built-in malicious intents.
We cannot safeguard what we cannot manage; we must reinvent the security paradigm, delegating part of the security management to the system, which must autonomously adapt to the changing environment while remaining under our supervision, and rethink all of our security technologies accordingly. We must be able to design, develop, and manufacture IoT systems-of-systems in a fundamentally different manner, allowing the overall system to become robust, resilient, and trustworthy even in the presence of individual IoT devices that are insecure or even compromised in a Zero-trust environment, as well as provide the right ecosystem for their widespread adoption within the industry. We actually need to be able to design, develop, and manufacture new types of IoT devices with security-by-design, security-by-default, robustness, and resilience in mind; these devices must pro-actively manage their security, actively respond to attacks, recover from attacks, resume and restore themselves to a predefined level of operation following an attack, and so on.
Many of these challenges will be addressed by a strong lineup of invited speakers, panelists, and moderators at the 2023 INTERSCT. Conference on Cyber Security of Internet-of-Things, which will take place on May 23 in The Hague Conference Center New Babylon. There will be keynote addresses by Professor Ross Anderson and Dr. Julie Haney, a panel moderated by Professor Dr. Bart Jacobs, two series of parallel sessions related to the various work packages in the NWO NWA INTERSECT project (Design, Defense, Attack, and Governance), a series of plenary sessions related to the state-of-the-art in Internet-of-Things cyber security (facilitated by ACCSS), and several public service announcements (facilitated by NWO, RVO, and