The Internet of Things (IoT) is no longer just a concept. From watches to thermostats to refrigerators, more and more 'things' are coming online every day. Here at Ping Identity, we believe that the security of these 'things' is critical to the success and continued adoption of the IoT. However, ensuring the right level of security is challenging with 'things' that don't have the same user experience that we are familiar with, such as laptops and mobile devices.
As such, we are pleased to announce that we've joined the AllSeen Alliance (https://allseenalliance.org), which is the leading IoT initiative in the world today. With premier members including Sony, Panasonic, Microsoft, Qualcomm and Sharp, the Alliance has now grown to 71 member companies--nearly tripling membership since their launch nine months ago.
The AllSeen Alliance's mission is "To enable widespread adoption and help accelerate the development and evolution of an interoperable peer connectivity and communications framework based on AllJoyn for devices and applications in the Internet of Everything."
By joining the Alliance, we're helping to ensure that the AllJoyn framework encompasses the same Next Generation Identity standards that we've been working on for many years now. The lessons about identity and security that we've learned from the web, as well as the standardized mechanisms that we've developed, are fully applicable to the IoT.
"We're looking forward to making sure that the IoT isn't secured by the same legacy mechanisms that are still prevalent today--namely, passwords," said Paul Madsen, senior architect in the CTO's office here at Ping Identity. He continues, "As bad as passwords are for accessing tens of websites, they'd be even worse for accessing hundreds of things."
The AllSeen Alliance is open to anyone interested in collaborating and contributing to the AllJoyn open source project. Additionally, a number of working groups have been established to tackle topics ranging from analytics to compliance to connected lighting.