ENISA defines the Internet of Things (IoT) as “a cyber-physical ecosystem of interconnected sensors and actuators, which enable intelligent decision making”. Stemming from the definition is the fact that information lies at the heart of IoT, feeding into a continuous cycle of sensing, decision-making, and actions. IoT is tightly bound to cyber-physical systems and in this respect is an enabler of Smart Infrastructures, such as Industry 4.0, smart grid, smart transport, etc. by enabling services of higher quality and facilitating the provision of advanced functionalities

The IoT is a concept paradigm that has emerged over the last years. It is the natural evolution of computing and it brings its own challenges. The threats and risks related to the IoT devices, systems and services are manifold, and evolve rapidly. With a great impact on citizens’ safety, security and privacy, the threat landscape concerning the Internet of Things is extremely wide. Hence, it is important to understand what needs to be secured and to develop specific security measures to protect the Internet of Things from cyber threats.

A major challenge in defining security measures for IoT is the entailed complexity that is brought by the diversity of application areas for IoT. Striking a balance between the particularities of each domain is essential and accordingly it is important to consider the differences in apportioning risk to distinct environments.

ENISA Good practices for IoT and Smart Infrastructures Tool IoT vision

Based on the past ENISA reports for security of IoT and Smart Infrastructures, ENISA has  developed an interactive web-based online tool aimed at guiding IoT operators and industries of IoT and Smart Infrastructure when conducting risk assessments.

To access the tool, navigate here.


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