The Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC), a Needham, Massachusetts-based world’s leading open membership organization transforming business and society by accelerating the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), last year, in Mar. 2018 published a white paper titled – “Endpoint Security Best Practices”.
The report, in brief, is a concise document that can assist equipment manufacturers, critical infrastructure operators, integrators, and others in implementing the needed counter-measures and controls to ensure the safety, security, and reliability of their IoT endpoint devices. These devices in large sums up all edge devices including sensors, actuators, pumps, flow meters, controllers, and drives in industrial systems; along with embedded medical devices, electronic control units, vehicle controls systems, as well as communications gateways and infrastructure.
The paper in detail, ventures deep into discussing one of the six functional building blocks from the IIC’s Industrial Internet Security Framework (IISF), which is the Endpoint Protection. The 13-page white paper in its detailed description elaborates the key information about endpoint device security from industrial guidance and compliance framework, which include IEC 62443, NIST SP 800-53 and the IIC IISF.
The paper tries to attract the attention of equipment manufacturers, industrial operators and integrators, to enable them to use the Endpoint Security Best Practices report to better their understanding of how countermeasures are to be kept or controls are to be applied to achieve a particular level of security i.e. basic, enhanced, or critical when considering to build or upgrade the industrial IoT endpoint systems.