(IEEE White Paper)
Abstract: The purpose of the following white paper is to present a set of well- investigated internet traffic security guidelines and best practices which others can use as a basis for future standards, certifications, laws, policies and/or product ratings. While most, if not all of the following guidelines apply to all internet-connected devices, the presented guidelines focus on internet traffic security best practices for wired or wireless networks. They detail security mechanisms necessary for consideration at the manufacturing design phase rather than after deployment of devices to internet service providers and end users. The paper leads with the assertion that a thorough study on protecting internet traffic does not yet exist, and proposes, based on our findings, that existing technology is not yet sufficient to meet the goal of protecting internet traffic. The best practices presented are centered around countering and preventing malicious activity. By setting up a secure network with industry standard security protocols, the risk and potential legal liabilities associated with an unsecured network can be proactively addressed.