The Concept

The IoTAC – Security By Design IoT Development and Certificate Framework with Front-end Access Control – project aims to deliver a secure and privacy-friendly IoT architecture that will facilitate the development of more resilient IoT service environments. Our system, comprising of a secure gateway, runtime security applications and cloud-based service platforms, will provide comprehensive protection for service environments of various industry domains. The technology will not only protect new deployments but can also enhance the security level of legacy operations.

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USPs outline

What is this solution offering that’s different?
Advanced security

The IoTAC architecture comprises high security level components and solutions like the use of chip cards, PKI encryption, root of trust, secure booting, audit logs and many more. Security is assured all through the design, implementation and operation phases.

Modular architecture

The IoTAC architecture comprises multiple hardware and software components which will allow flexible configuration options to support diverse service environments of various security levels. Underlying core features will be supported with optional add-ons.

Multi-layer approach

Security countermeasures will be implemented both at hardware- and at software-level, comprising a secure gateway, front-end access control, honeypots, checkpointing, AI&ML algorithms and a runtime monitoring system.

The IoTAC framework

The IoTAC framework comprises the Security Baseline as the foundation, the IoTAC Software Security by Design (SSD) principles and the Security Assurance Model (SAM) platform, which will unite in a formal Certification procedure exposed as a service.

Use Cases

Proof of domain independence 


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Smart home

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Prosumer cell


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Drone operation



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Automated car

Latest news

Mix of research updates, blog content and white papers

QRS 2021 – The 21st IEEE International Conference on Software Quality, Reliability and Security

QRS 2021 is held between December 6 and 10, 2021 in Hainan, China and virtually. Fraunhofer FOKUS is charing the virtual System Testing and Validation workshop on December 7, 2021. During the workshop, FOKUS is presenting IoTAC’s innovative approach towards security, and CERTH is presenting its paper titled: "An Ontology-based…

Clustering Workshop “Future Proofing and Certifying Supply Chains” on 13. December 2021

The Clustering Workshop co-organized by H2020 projects ASSURED and CYRENE aims at bringing together projects that target Supply Chain Security, Resilience and Certification aspects, experts, members and consultants from standardization and certification bodies for exploring synergies and identifying actions that can be pursued in common. IoTAC is happy to be…

Top 3 Attacks on IoT Devices in 2021

Attacks on IoT devices are on the rise. According to Sonic Wall’s Cyber Threat Report for Mid-Year 2021, IoT attack volume in the first six months of 2021 rose 59% over the first six months of 2020.  Firedome has collected the top 3 IoT attacks we saw in 2021: Verkada…


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