IoT Safety and Security systems and operational Reliability considerations due to the physical layer

 

Risk Mitigation

 

As we move into a digital disturbed world where IoT (Internet of Things) technologies change the way the traditional services are delivered, the existing safeguard that we have previously relied on may no longer be adequate to address the importance of communication technology systems on the delivery of safety, security and service delivery.

 

The risk mitigation strategies adopted by organisations in the previous paradigm needs to be reviewed to address the changing in service delivery models brought about by the delivery of IoT technologies.

 

The recommendation for reviews require a more holistic approach, devoid from assumptions that had been previously utilised that are becoming less relative in today’s world.

 

Standards provide some protection when establishing a risk mitigation strategy but due to the rapid ever changing technologies and service delivery models, they may not provide adequate protection to address all obligations and liabilities of an organisation.

 

AS/NZS 3080 and ISO/IEC 11801 exclude safety from their scope while standards like AS/CA S009 does cover safety, but does not address performance outside of a clause requiring the cabling to be “Fit for Purpose”.

 

The key for risk migration should be based on a determination of risks that are associated with every safety, security and operational system and procedure of the organisation and the determination of the impact of a failure or partial failure of the physical layer.

 

The dependencies on systems on the operational success of an organisation and its ability to deliver safety and security systems makes the physical infrastructure a key deliverable for an organisations success in a digital disturbed world.

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