C2 Consensus on IoT Device Security Baseline Capabilities



Gary Shapiro, President and Chief Executive Officer, CTA

Jonathan Spalter, President and Chief Executive Officer, USTelecom

ALONG WITH THE TREMENDOUS BENEFITS that the rapid growth of the Internet of Things (IoT) brings to consumers, businesses, governments and the global digital economy, the IoT’s growth also brings increased threats to the digital economy. This is why the Council to Secure the Digital Economy (CSDE) — composed of USTelecom, the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), and 13 global information and communications technology (ICT) companies — has convened technical experts from 19 leading organizations throughout the ICT sector to develop and advance industry consensus on baseline security capabilities for new devices.

This convening of the conveners — or C2 — has brought together trade associations, standards development organizations, industry alliances and coalitions to develop the C2 Consensus Baseline, the broadest and most technically deep industry consensus on IoT security worldwide. This effort is based on the principle that the best way to achieve IoT security is for technical experts to develop and advance security specifications that will spread throughout the global market.

This document provides clear expert guidance to industry and government on securing new IoT devices in order to raise the market’s expectations for security and to advance global policy harmonization. It is our expectation that this global approach will prove more effective than disparate local initiatives that would fragment security requirements and cause inefficiencies in the market that result in weaker security.

We thank all C2 participants, which collectively represent thousands of companies and many different segments of the global digital economy, for their engagement and their valuable contributions. We look forward to promoting the C2 Consensus Baseline in key venues around the world to move the global market for IoT toward security.