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2019

According to a news release published by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the approval of a new ITU standard (ITU L.163) will pave the way for high-speed broadband services to be brought to rural communities through the use of lightweight, terabit-capable optical cables that can be deployed on the ground’s surface with minimal expense and environmental impact. According to the publication, even though radiocommunication can provide the ‘last mile’ connectivity, challenges arise when deploying in rural areas that are often many kilometres away from core networks. Optical infrastructure supported by the new standard, will therefore be indispensable in solving the challenge of providing true broadband to the otherwise inaccessible communities.

2018

The US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) published a report titled ‘NISTIR 8200: An Interagency Report on the Status of International Cybersecurity Standardization for the Internet of Things (IoT)’. The report analyses the present state of IoT cybersecurity standardisation in five areas: connected vehicle IoT, consumer IoT, health IoT, smart building IoT, and smart manufacturing IoT. According to the analysis of the areas, cybersecurity for IoT requires the modification of existing standards and the creation of new ones to address IoT challenges. The report concludes by highlighting existing gaps in current standards and how existing standards can be used effectively. The report recommends governmental agencies to work with the industry to initiate new standards projects in standards developing organisations to close the gaps.

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) published an Internet of Things (loT) Reference Architecture (IoT RA) standard. The standard regarding IoT and related technologies was published on 1 November 2018. The standard aims to provide the framework for designers and developers in the IoT field. The standard is developed under the technical committee information technology, and IoT development. Find out more about the standard here.

The international organisation for standardization (ISO) assembled a working group on drafting the cybersecurity standards around consumer’s electronics to ensure the consumer privacy is embedded into the design. This standard is also referred as ‘privacy by design’ standard. The ISO project committee, ISO/PC 317 will also look at the impact of artificial intelligence, data protection and sharing economy on the future of consumer experience. Working group will work having on mind the set of standards related to the cybersecurity and consumers electronics (IT Security techniques). The concept of privacy by design is already featured in a recent EU General Data Protection Regulation.

The US Department of Commerce and the Department of Homeland Security have released a draft report on 'Enhancing the Resilience of the Internet and Communications Ecosystem Against Botnets and Other Automated, Distributed Threats'. The report comes in response to President Trump's Executive Order on Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure (from May 2017). It looks at challenges and opportunities in reducing the botnet threats that 'capitalise on the sheer number of Internet of Things devices', with goals related to a more secure technology marketplace, innovations in network infrastructure and applications, coalitions among security and technical communities on national and international level, and awareness and education. It outlines several recommendations, such as: establish broadly accepted baseline security profiles for IoT devices in home and industrial applications, and promote international adoption through bilateral arrangements and the use of international standards including IPv6 implementation; more efforts from the industry to develop innovative solutions for preventing and mitigating distributed threats; collaboration between government and industry to ensure existing best practices, frameworks, and guidelines relevant to IoT are more widely adopted; and promoting the international adoption of best practices and relevant tools through bilateral and multilateral international engagement efforts. The report is open for public comment until mid February 2018.

2017

The 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP), telecommunications industry standards body, approved the first standard for non-standalone 5G New Radio six months earlier than expected. This specification will use existing 4G infrastructure and it will form a basis for deployment of commercial 5G products. Some carriers already announced 5G implementation plans. However, the 5G standard has not yet been fully developed. This release is a part of the first phase of the two-phase 5G standardisation process within 3GPP. 

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