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Openness and Security Thinking Characteristics for IoT Ecosystems

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Internet of Things and People Research Center, Department of Computer Science and Media Technology, Malmö University, 20506 Malmö, Sweden
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Department of Informatics, Lund University, 22363 Lund, Sweden
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Department of Security, Booking.com, 1000 BP Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Information 2020, 11(12), 564; https://doi.org/10.3390/info11120564
Received: 31 October 2020 / Revised: 24 November 2020 / Accepted: 25 November 2020 / Published: 2 December 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Security and Privacy in IoT Systems (SPIoTS))
While security is often recognized as a top priority for organizations and a push for competitive advantage, repeatedly, Internet of Things (IoT) products have become a target of diverse security attacks. Thus, orchestrating smart services and devices in a more open, standardized and secure way in IoT environments is yet a desire as much as it is a challenge. In this paper, we propose a model for IoT practitioners and researchers, who can adopt a sound security thinking in parallel with open IoT technological developments. We present the state-of-the-art and an empirical study with IoT practitioners. These efforts have resulted in identifying a set of openness and security thinking criteria that are important to consider from an IoT ecosystem point of view. Openness in terms of open standards, data, APIs, processes, open source and open architectures (flexibility, customizability and extensibility aspects), by presenting security thinking tackled from a three-dimensional point of view (awareness, assessment and challenges) that highlight the need to develop an IoT security mindset. A novel model is conceptualized with those characteristics followed by several key aspects important to design and secure future IoT systems. View Full-Text
Keywords: IoT; ecosystem; openness; security; privacy; awareness; assessment; challenges; security thinking; model; design IoT; ecosystem; openness; security; privacy; awareness; assessment; challenges; security thinking; model; design
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Vogel, B.; Kajtazi, M.; Bugeja, J.; Varshney, R. Openness and Security Thinking Characteristics for IoT Ecosystems. Information 2020, 11, 564. https://doi.org/10.3390/info11120564

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