IoTopia Committee

The IoTopia Committee is chaired by Russ Gyurek from Cisco. Full and participating GlobalPlatform members are eligible to contribute to this group.

The IoTopia Committee is creating an industry wide, standards-based framework to securely manage connected IoT devices from inception to device end of life. This framework is based on four pillars:

  1. Security by Design: show how secure components and APIs can be used with existing secure by design standards
  2. Device Intent: based on IETF Manufacturer Usage Description (MUD)
  3. Autonomous, Scalable, Secure Service Onboarding (SDO): based on open standards
  4. Device Lifecycle Management governance to cover SW/FW/HW patching and updates, tracking, secure storage of events, end of support/service, etc.

The goal is to avoid proprietary or unscalable approaches to security. The relevant eco-system players include chip vendors, device manufacturers, thing makers, IoT platform providers, system integrators, service providers, certification labs, network vendors, end users, government bodies and policy makers.


The committee works to:

  • Develop the blueprint for how to design and build secure connected IoT devices using secure component technology without having to be a cybersecurity company or cybersecurity expert.
  • Collaborate internally with GlobalPlatform technical committees and task forces.
  • Operate across industries to provide the support and tools to achieve market adoption and deployment.
  • Collaborate with: governments, regulators and related organizations (NIST/NCCoE, ENISA, etc.), industry consortiums and universities and researchers to drive adoption and acceptance of the four pillars.
  • Build hosted solutions (open source, POCs, repository) to support the deployment of the framework.
  • Identify any security technologies that may be needed to complete the framework and create the required integration.
  • Develop and maintain GlobalPlatform Functional and Security Certification Schemes related to the specifications it manages, to facilitate and assure interoperability within the marketplace.
  • Provide training and education on the framework to industry stakeholders.
  • Support services related to propagation of the framework, E.g. hosting files and addressing certification needs.
Related Content

Learn more about IoTopia

IoTopia will provide a practical implementation guide to secure IoT devices across all markets and in line with global requirements. Understand the market context and gain further insights into the details of the framework.

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GlobalPlatform Appoints Strategic Director for IoT Security

Given the increasing need for internet of things (IoT) device security and trust, GlobalPlatform, has appointed a Strategic Director with significant expertise in IoT development and deployment.

Read the press release

Download the IoTopia eBook

IoTopia is built upon four foundational pillars – Secure by Design, Device Intent, Device Onboarding and Lifecycle Management. Download the eBook to learn more about each pillar and how they offer practical guidance for secure design, development, deployment, certification and management of IoT devices and services.

Download here

Russ Gyurek


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

SBOM Sub-Task Force Chair

Fortress Information Security

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).


Working Group Chair

Chair nominations in process


Working Group Chair

Chair nominations in process


Working Group Chair

Chair nominations in process

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