Smart devices, mobile phones and tablets are becoming the control hub for the myriad of connected devices and the Internet of Things (IoT) – as are bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies in many organizations today. But this is creating unique and heightened security risks for IT professionals, such as higher exposure to data breaches, malware and compliance violations. BYOD is no longer an industry trend; it’s a fact of life for enterprise-wide operations and the IT organizations that must support them.
The International Organization for Standardization (www.iso.org) creates standards for a wide variety of industries and technologies, ranging from medical implants to textiles to smart cards. Each standard is developed by a committee whose members typically include vendors, service providers, academics and government officials.
It’s important to note that a widely used technology isn’t the same as a standard. For example, although MIFARE® is used in many contactless smart cards, it is not a standard.
Standards cover a wide variety of aspects, including physical attributes, security and data formats. In any industry, standards are important because they create predictability.
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