Security, Privacy & Openness

Security in the Internet of Things is a critical priority, and one the Alliance and its members continually work on and evolve as a main component of our standards and consumer protection. We believe security is the “enabler” of the IoT and must address user concerns adequately to protect and safeguard networks, privacy and provide peace of mind when deploying products. The best-laid path is through open and secure methods, and we embrace that approach even more as our organization grows in standards and IoT experiences delivered around the globe.


Concentric Layers of Security

Alliance protocols employ a defense-in-depth principle to provide the most appropriate levels of security and privacy for products using our proven technology. This layered approach ensures confidentiality, integrity and availability of communication.

The Alliance membership includes and draws from the most qualified and experienced security experts involved in the Internet of Things. These security professionals employ their collective experience to help develop standards that provide the following concentric layers of security measures that include:

  • Device-unique Joining Authentication
  • Device-unique Re-entry Authentication
  • Pairwise Privacy and Integrity
  • Network-wide Privacy and Integrity
  • Secure Over-the-Air (OTA) Updates
  • Impersonation or Replay Attack Prevention
  • Frequency Agility


Report Vulnerabilities

Input from both internal and external resources plays a critical role in ensuring the security and overall quality of open standards continually evolves. We welcome vulnerability reporting and feedback from institutes, universities and security professionals. As always, the Alliance and its members are grateful for public checks on technology.

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