Intertek’s Cyber Assured Certification aims to ensure consumer IoT products are safely connected
CHICAGO—Amid rapid growth in the internet of things (IoT) and greater connectivity among devices, vulnerabilities in new products are constantly emerging, posing a major challenge for manufacturers of connected products. And as complex new cyber threats evolve, it is critically important to ensure that products remain secure over their entire lifetimes.
Intertek (www.intertek.com), a longtime provider of total quality assurance services worldwide, has designed a certification program to meet these challenges. The company recently launched Cyber Assured, calling it “the first robust product cybersecurity testing and certification program that provides continuous vulnerability monitoring for connected consumer products.” The program is relevant to a huge range of products, including everything from mobile devices and network equipment, to smart fridges and connected garage door openers.
Intertek’s Cyber Assured Certification enables manufacturers to assess their products, improving their cybersecurity and helping meet emerging regulatory requirements, such as California SB327. Certified products are continuously reassessed to ensure their safety against constantly evolving and emerging threats and vulnerabilities.
Most important, the testing and certification program demonstrates to consumers—through the use of the Intertek Cyber Assured Mark and directory—that the product is secure, the company said in a press release.
“Intertek has been a pioneer in cybersecurity testing, certification, and assurance for more than three decades,” said Tony Walker, vice president, Intertek Connected World, in a statement. “The IoT revolution is bringing huge opportunities for our clients, and society in general, improving life in many ways. However, it also creates significant risks, [with] which many businesses have no previous experience, as well as new regulatory requirements like California IoT and EU GDPR.
“Bringing together Intertek’s cybersecurity expertise, other ‘connectivity’ services, including cellular device testing, and our global product safety and compliance testing heritage, we are now able to offer the full suite of bespoke assurance services to allow our clients to launch successful, secure, connected products, and monitor their product’s security over its entire lifecycle.”
Intertek said that Cyber Assured’s unique scanning process provides manufacturers the information needed to ‘patch’ software to maintain security, ensuring that a product remains secure over its entire lifetime and giving consumers greater peace of mind. The company described its Cyber Assured certification as “an end-to-end assurance solution that covers all three elements of IoT networks, going beyond simply testing the product to additionally cover web and mobile applications, as well as cloud services.”
More information is available here: https://www.intertek.com/cyber-assured/video/