SIMPL: Secure Internet of Things Management Platform23.09.2020
The proliferation of IoT devices is increasing at a fast pace,whether for private or business use. However, despite their growing popularity, their safe operation is often not guaranteed. To tackle the security challenges of modern IoT environments, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research is funding the SIMPL project in order to support research in this area.
The SIMPL project aims to develop a framework for secure communication in heterogeneous and dynamic networks, such as the Internet of Things (IoT).
Together with the industry partners Infosim, Mixed Mode, and Hahn-Schickard, the Secure Software Systems Group and the Software Engineering group are developing a communication middleware to facilitate secure information exchange between IoT devices communicating via publish/subscribe protocols such as MQTT. The SIMPL framework aims to provide a secure layer for message encryption and authentication, access control and key management, as well as trust establishment. To prevent vendor lock-in and single points of failure, decentralized approaches to achieve trust consensus will be explored in this project, for example through the use of blockchains.
The SIMPL project is funded by the Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, and has a duration of three years (July 2018 to June 2021).