Securing IoT in AMBITIOUS
The need for SOC2 and ISO27001 compliance

In an increasingly connected world, the Internet of Things (IoT) has become ubiquitous, revolutionizing industries ranging from healthcare to manufacturing. However, with the rapid expansion of the number of deployed IoT devices, concerns about security have been raised. To address this, companies are turning to solutions like ISO27001 [1] and SOC2 [2] to secure their ecosystems.

The IoT Security Challenge
The attractiveness of IoT lies in its ability to interconnect devices and systems, enabling seamless data exchange and automation. Yet, this very interconnectedness poses significant security challenges. With each connected device serving as a potential entry point for cyber threats, vulnerabilities in IoT networks can have far-reaching consequences, from data breaches to operational disruptions. The situation is further complicated when an organization utilizes IoT devices from multiple vendors. A multi-vendor deployment will most likely use a mix of different communication protocols and encryption standards. This puts pressure on maintenance and support and introduces a lot of challenges for the cyber security teams, both from an IT and OT perspective.

The Role of SOC2 and ISO27001 

Recognizing the critical need to safeguard IoT environments, organizations are increasingly adopting industry-standard security protocols and frameworks. Among these, SOC2 (Service Organization Control 2) and ISO27001 are prominent frameworks that provide comprehensive guidelines for implementing robust security practices.

SOC2 compliance focuses on the security, availability, processing integrity, confidentiality, and privacy of customer data. For IoT service providers and vendors, adherence to SOC2 standards demonstrates a commitment to protecting sensitive information and maintaining the integrity of their systems. By undergoing rigorous audits and assessments, companies can reassure customers of their dedication to security, fostering trust and transparency in the IoT ecosystem.

ISO27001 sets forth a systematic approach to managing sensitive company information, encompassing people, processes, and technology. By obtaining ISO27001 certification, organizations establish a robust information security management system (ISMS) that aligns with international best practices. This framework not only bolsters the security posture of IoT deployments but also enhances overall organizational resilience against cyber threats.

Addressing IoT Security Holistically
While both SOC2 and ISO27001 provide valuable frameworks for securing IoT environments, effective security strategies must extend beyond compliance checkboxes. A holistic approach to IoT security entails continuous monitoring, threat intelligence integration, and proactive risk mitigation measures. Furthermore, fostering a culture of security awareness among employees and stakeholders is paramount to thwarting social engineering attacks and insider threats. In the AMBITIOUS project, IoT cyber security is one important factor for wider adoption of results. Therefore, all AMBITIOUS partners are encouraged to adhere to strict cyber security best practices and use standardized frameworks.

In an era defined by digital transformation and interconnected ecosystems, securing IoT environments is not just a technological imperative but also an important business enabled. By embracing frameworks like SOC2 and ISO27001 early in collaboration projects like AMBITIOUS, organizations can bolster the resilience of their IoT products and boost confidence among stakeholders.
However, true security resilience requires a proactive and adaptive approach that anticipates and mitigates emerging threats, ensuring the continued integrity and viability of IoT ecosystems in the years to come. Here AMBITIOUS has an important role to play in encouraging partners to embrace full security awareness and ensure compliance with today’s frameworks, standards, and industry best practices.

Author: Jens Eliasson, ThingWave AB

[1]     ISO27001,
[2]     SOC 2,