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Bringing the benefit of secure and resilient IoT at scale
21st October 2020
Online via Zoom

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Please apply to join CENSIS for this workshop to explore challenges, solutions and opportunities in the development and use of  IoT in consumer products and services;, and event suitable for a non-technical and technical audience.

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The workshop will include examples of IoT in action in this space, and there will be a breakout session for participants to discuss challenges, solutions and opportunities. We’ll also have guest speakers talking about their views and experiences in developing and adopting secure IoT.

Please apply to join us on the day by emailing . You’ll need to provide:

  • Details of your company or organisation
  • Your current role

The workshop is limited to just 25 people. Due to the way this project is funded your organisation should have a base in Scotland.

Provisional Agenda

  • 10:00  Welcome and introductions
  • 10:15   Speakers and Q&A
  • 11:15    Workshop breakout groups
  • 12:15   Group feedback
  • 12:30  Next steps, follow ups and close

Guest speakers at this workshop include:

Jamie Randall, Head of Technical Strategy, IASME Consortium
“A simple security certification for connected devices”

Security for IoT devices can be tricky and proving your security to customers even more so. IASME is running a pilot of a new security certification for connected devices that has been developed based on their experience of running the Cyber Essentials scheme. In this talk, find out more about what IASME has learned from certifying tens of thousands of small organisations to cyber security standards, what they are doing next with connected devices.

Carl Shaw, Co-Founder and Security Consultant, Cerberus Security Laboratories
“Avoiding IoT product cybersecurity pitfalls”

Cerberus has reviewed and developed the cybersecurity of consumer IoT products from microchips to connected washing machines for companies ranging from start-ups to global household names.  No matter the size of the company, we see common mistakes being made during product design and development that impact cybersecurity and lead to avoidable product delays.  In this talk we’ll highlight some of the most common cybersecurity pitfalls and how to avoid them.

More speakers to be announced.


The Internet of Things (IoT) is the interconnection of physical and virtual objects that enable objects to communicate with each other and share data. IoT objects, or devices, could be a simple temperature sensor, wearable health monitor, smartphone to a whisky bottling line or river flooding alarm system. Many IoT devices communicate via the Internet and often collect, process, analyse, store and relay data using a shared computer server, or cloud system.

IoT has the potential to facilitate significant benefits to the Scottish economy both in terms of improved infrastructure, public services and economic opportunities for industry. IoT will transform the business models of many industries of importance to the Scottish economy, either creating internal efficiencies or introducing new revenue streams. Businesses will be able to see in real time how products or services are performing and being used.

There are several challenges in the effective adoption of IoT due to its interconnected nature. A critical and recognised challenge is that of the security and resilience of the IoT systems, particularly given the current rapid adoption of IoT products and services. Cyber-attacks on IoT systems can lead to sensitive information leakage; the destruction or tampering with data impacting system functionality and decision making; physical damage; or complete system paralysis. To address these challenges the Scottish Government has published its Cyber Security Action Plans, as part of its national-level approach to cyber resilience across Scotland.

Led by CENSIS in partnership with the Scottish Government and Scottish Enterprise, the IoT cyber challenge programme will deliver a series of events in 2020/21 including themed workshops, an accelerator programme and an IoT vulnerability pilot. The programme was announced on 7 November 2019 by Kate Forbes MSP, Minister for Public Finance and Digital Economy, at CENSIS’s sixth annual Technology Summit in Glasgow.  The overall aims of the programme are:

  • to raise awareness of cyber security and resilience challenges faced in both the design and manufacture of IoT products and services and in the adoption of IoT for integration into existing or new processes
  • to educate and demonstrate best practices and mitigation strategies to address these challenges
  • provide a better ability to collect feedback on issues faced in industry which could be used to define and drive other subsequent support activities
  • improve access to IoT cyber security expertise to companies developing new or improved products, services and processes from the early stages of their development