A human-centric trust model for the Internet of Things

“Technologists have done a terrible job with security technology so far”, writes David Maher, and “now we are about to impose those failures onto the physical world on a scale that only ubiquitous, pervasive, even invasive computing and connectivity can accomplish.

Continuing the status quo is therefore unsustainable. Yet “there currently isn’t an effective and widely adopted trust model to guide IoT device designers and service providers. In this article Maher outlines what the components of a new IoT trust model and how it will likely be different from existing security models.

David Maher is responsible for R&D at Intertrust. Before joining Intertrust in 1999, he was chief scientist for AT&T Secure Communications Systems, Head of the Secure Systems Research Department.