IoTopia Task Force

The IoTopia Task Force is co-chaired by Sebastian Hans from Oracle and Russ Gyurek from Cisco. All GlobalPlatform members are eligible to participate in this group.

The goal of the IoTopia Task Force is to accelerate IoT deployment by providing best practice references for IoT security, guidelines, testing and certification. It does this by defining and evaluating the business and technical requirements of existing and emerging secure services, required by consumer and industrial products in an increasingly connected world.

This involves maintaining and developing GlobalPlatform’s IoTopia Framework, which is a practical implementation guide to secure IoT devices across all markets and in line with global requirements. The vision is to create an open and standardized approach to secure IoT device management, utilizing GlobalPlatform technologies across four key pillars:

  1. Secure-by-Design – defines how GlobalPlatform-secured components and Trusted Platform Service (TPS) APIs can be used with existing secure by design standards.
  2. Device Intent – GlobalPlatform’s MUD File Service leverages IETF’s framework and uniform resource identifier (URI) to outline device intent, and help device manufacturers publish, in a unique location, the MUD file library associated with their products.
  3. Autonomous, Scalable, Secure Onboarding – IoTopia will offer an open, standards-based secure onboarding process to streamline network administration, based on open standards, such as Bootstrapping Remote Secure Key Infrastructures (BRSKI).
  4. Device Lifecycle Management – provides governance to cover software, firmware and hardware patching and updates, tracking, secure storage of events and end of support/service.


The IoTopia Task Force works to:

  • Leverage standards and accepted parameters for secure-by-design, onboarding, device intent and lifecycle management, and develop high-level requirements, guidelines, and white papers on IoT-related solutions and specifications;
  • Host internal and external educational meetings and workshops to further the understanding of IoT technologies across the ecosystem;
  • Develop a blueprint for device makers to build and manage connected IoT devices using GlobalPlatform secure component technologies; and
  • Collaborate with Government agencies (including NIST/NCCoE, ENISA), Industry Consortiums (such as CTA, CTIA, OCF, IETF, ISA) and Universities, to achieve adoption of the IoTopia Framework and four pillars.

Current Priorities

  • Continue to drive forward GlobalPlatform secure component technologies for IoT;
  • Promote the use of GlobalPlatform technology, certification and specifications;
  • Promote GlobalPlatform’s IoT initiatives IoTopia and Security Evaluation Standard for IoT Platforms (SESIP) within relevant markets;
  • Finalize the foundations for IoTopia’s secure-by-design parameters, to address specific consumer and industrial use cases across key market verticals;
  • Propose hosted solutions (open source, POCs, repository) to support the deployment of the IoTopia framework;
  • Contribute to secure device on boarding deployment across markets; and
  • Collaborate with industry partners including the Car Connectivity Consortium, ETSI, GSMA, IoT Connectivity Alliance (ICA), Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC), NFC Forum, NIST, Open Mobile Alliance, oneM2M, Trusted Connectivity Alliance and Trusted Platform Consortium.
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Sebastian Hans

IoTopia Task Force Co-Chair


Mr. Hans currently serves as Principal Member of Technical Staff at Oracle, previously Sun Microsystems Inc., where he is responsible for all smart card standardization activities with a strong focus on SIM and UICC technology. While at Sun Microsystems Inc, Mr. Hans has also headed up business development within the telecommunications market and has driven advanced pilot projects for the deployment of Java Card in the banking, insurance and mobile communication markets. Mr. Hans represents Sun Microsystems Inc. in ETSI SCP, 3GPP, OMA and is the Vice Chair of ETSI SCP TEC.

Mr. Hans serves as GlobalPlatform Board Director and Co-Chair of the IoTopia Task Force.

Russ Gyurek

IoTopia Task Force Co-Chair


Russell Gyurek is the Chair of GlobalPlatform’s IoTopia Task Force and the Director, IoT-CTO and Industries in Cisco IoT CTO Group. He has over 25 years of networking related technology experience, the majority in leadership positions.  Russ’ range of expertise includes IoT/connectivity of things, analytics and big data, cloud, optical networking technologies, broadband architectures and related technical policy, strategic partnerships and emerging market development.  He has held various leadership roles in creating strategy and direction in these areas.

In Russ’ current role he is responsible for technology leadership, market development, future looking university research engagements, partner due diligence and enablement related to IoT and IoT security baselines and policy.  The CTO group evaluates future trends, emerging standards, technologies, and architectures that drive and influence Cisco’s market portfolio relating to IoT. He also works closely with the vertical solutions organization – turning strategy into real world IoT deployments, including IIoT, connected transportation and connected communities.  For the past year he has been leading an industry wide effort focused on the security and scale-ability of “things”.  This effort is now in productization and development with the various players in the IoT eco-system which has led to the creation of an industry consortia called IoTopia. In addition, Russ is a value-of-the-infrastructure advisor to customers, helping to create new business models and use cases to leverage network data for cloud and real time event processing.

Russ engaged in numerous sponsored research work at various universities during his 20 year career at Cisco.   In industry related work, he holds a board seats on University of Washington IoT Board, and the NCSU ECE strategic advisory board, Georgia Tech’s CDAIT board, RTCC board, the CleanTech Corridor board and represents Cisco on RIOT (regional IoT organization).  In these board roles he has collaborated with multi-stakeholders to create new programs for IoT and data science/analysis.  Russ has held board roles in the past on the FTTH Council and the OCF (Open Connectivity Foundation).  He is a participating member on Global Platform- leading the technical committee for IoTopia, 5GAA, and 5G ACIA.  He has given numerous keynotes at conferences and research workshops on IoT and related topics.  Russ has played key roles in IEEE standards development and ratification including 802.3.  Russ holds an appointed position on the FCC-TAC (Technical Advisory Council) where he has chaired Working Groups on the “sunset of the PSTN”, “network resiliency”, “IoT”, Next Generation Internet and “Next Generation Policy and Regulations”.  He is currently the working group Chairman for the 5G/IoT FCC working group team.  He was just reappointed to another 2-year term on the FCC TAC in May of 2019.  Russ has led and participated on numerous technical policy teams in the past 10 years.  These include the state of California, West Virginia, and the country of Lebanon.  Prior to Cisco, Russ held senior technical and leadership roles at BellSouth (AT&T), in the networking part of the business.

Gonda Lamberink

Device Intent Working Group Chair


Ms. Gonda Lamberink is the current Chair of GlobalPlatform’s Device Intent Working Group where she oversees the organization’s involvement in developing documentation for creation, management and certification of MUD files. The working group will also focus on creating MUD Proof of Concept implementations, industry outreach, and exploring liaisons with stakeholders and organizations to help drive MUD. Ms. Lamberink also works as Cybersecurity Senior Business Development Manager at UL (Underwriters Laboratories).


Onboarding Working Group Chair

Chair nominations in process

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