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Taking the lead from the interest on my May article on IoT World 2016, this month I thought I would talk more about the Internet of Things, and how the Global Center for Social Innovation- North America (CSI-NA) at the Silicon Valley Research Center is helping secure the interconnected world.


With over five billion IoT devices connected, and twenty billion devices expected by 2020, security is a major concern. These networks of diverse systems are creating new opportunities in cities, factories and infrastructure systems, but are also creating potential for new vulnerabilities.  The research team at CSI-NA is working to improve the security of IoT-enabled solutions like Optimized Factory and Smart Transportation operations from attacks, disruptions, faults and errors by proposing innovative solutions and processes. Technologies recently proposed by CSI-NA researchers can detect unauthorized access and suspicious behavior in large IoT enabled systems within seconds of their occurrence. They blend efficient machine learning techniques with years of OT domain knowledge present in Hitachi to yield effective, reliable and robust security algorithms.



With IoT-enabled devices rapidly being adopted in industrial control systems and infrastructure, strong security standards are also vital. Participation in standardization forums gives Hitachi a chance to increase its global visibility as a serious player in IoT security and also keeps it up-to-date with the state of the art in the field. That’s why researchers from CSI-NA are participating in security standardization bodies like Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) and the International Society of Automation (ISA), where security requirements for industrial automation and control systems are being established. The team at CSI-NA is working closely with Control System Platform Division and Center for Technology Innovation – Energy, to formally propose to ISA, Hitachi's Concept for Social Infrastructure Security, needed to protect our city services from the growing threats and problems of the future, and work towards its standardization.


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