IoTSF's Prof John Haine, Prof Paul Dorey and Dr Stephen Pattison
IoTSF's Prof John Haine, Prof Paul Dorey and Dr Stephen Pattison

The Internet of Things Security Foundation (IoTSF) has appointed a new chairman and expanded its executive steering board with the appointment of a new member.

Prof Paul Dorey will take over from Prof John Haine as chairman of the board on 22 March.

Dorey is a director at cyber-security strategy firm CSO Confidential and a visiting professor at the Royal Holloway University of London. He has spent over 30 years in risk management and information security and has worked as chief information security officer in award-winning roles for multinational companies in oil and gas, banking, pharmaceuticals and energy. He was also the founding chairman of the Institute of Information Security Professionals and regularly consulted by governments.

Meanwhile, Dr. Stephen Pattison has also joined the executive steering board. According to the IoTSF, he will bring further diversity and depth of experience to the board. He is VP public affairs at ARM and responsible for influencing public policy thinking across the world, significantly in Europe, US and China. Once a British diplomat, Stephen worked at the British embassy in Washington, and on UN issues in London, New York and Geneva. He also worked for James Dyson as head of international business development, and was CEO at the International Chamber of Commerce UK where he represented the interests of companies centred on policy and international trade matters.

Dorey thanked outgoing chairman Prof John Haine for his work helping to establish the IoTSF's mission, build its membership and produce its first set of industry guidance. “I am delighted that John will be with us on the next stage of our journey. I am also honoured to take over as the new chair and help IoTSF pursue its cybersecurity mission to make it safe to connect,” he said.

Pattison said that the mission of the IoTSF is to ensure that the importance of cyber-security is not forgotten as more devices are connected to the internet. “It is vital that all those involved in producing, operating and benefiting from the IoT opportunity do so with a security mind-set so that we minimise the risks which accompany any new technology,” he said.

Haine, who will continue his relationship with the IoTSF as director emeritus, said the IoTSF had moved quickly to address urgent issues in the security of IoT devices. “IoT security has no single owner and we have constructed our program around the concept of a supply chain of trust which encourages all vendors to accept their duty of care towards their immediate customers and the wider eco-system,” he said.