Internet of Things (IoT) devices play a key role in ensuring the resilience of networks and keeping data private and secure. But the increasing trend in the complexity of cybersecurity threats highlights the need for more robust security frameworks for IoT devices networks. To address this issue, the European Commission presented in December 2020 a comprehensive Cybersecurity Strategy for the Digital Decade, where it foresees a path towards a widespread Internet of Secure Things.
Launched in January 2018, the security cluster of IoT projects addresses the shortcomings of devices and networks by developing secure and modular frameworks that can be integrated in new and existing solutions for assisted living, healthcare, manufacturing, food supply, energy, and transport. This cluster consists of eight projects, amounting to €40 million (around €5 million each) in EU funding.
The cluster has produced noteworthy results in their target sectors, and although the applications are specialised, the open-source modular development approach used by the projects allows the modules to be reused in other solutions for a broader spectrum of applications.