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New Cybersecurity Certification Program for IoT Devices

CTIA's cybersecurity certification program said to improve IoT security.

CTIA, a wireless industry association, has created the CTIA Cybersecurity Certification Program for cellular-connected internet of things (IoT) devices. The program is to be developed in collaboration with the nationwide wireless providers.

By offering certification for IoT devices built from the ground up with cybersecurity in mind, the program will protect consumers and wireless infrastructure, while creating a more secure foundation for smart cities, connected cars, mHealth and other IoT applications.

“America's wireless industry has long been a leader in cybersecurity best practices and establishing an industry-led cybersecurity certification program for IoT devices is a major step in building a trusted, secure wireless ecosystem for the internet of things,” says Tom Sawanobori, CTIA SVP and chief technology officer. “The IoT Cybersecurity Certification Program harnesses CTIA's network of authorized labs and reflects our commitment to securing networks and devices in an increasingly connected wireless world.”

Wireless operators, technology companies, security experts and test labs collaborated to develop the program's test requirements and plans. The program builds upon IoT security recommendations from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

For more than 25 years, CTIA's Certification Working Groups have developed and managed product test plans and certification requirements for devices, networks and other wireless technologies, with over 70,000 certification requests handled to date by over 100 CTIA Authorized Test Labs. These programs ensure interoperability between wireless devices and networks, as well as set standards for a secure,  wireless ecosystem.

The CTIA IoT Cybersecurity Certification Program will begin accepting devices for certification testing starting in October 2018.

CTIA represents the U.S. wireless communications industry and the companies throughout the mobile ecosystem. The association's members include wireless carriers, device manufacturers, suppliers as well as apps and content companies. CTIA advocates at all levels of government for policies that foster continued wireless innovation and investment. The association also coordinates the industry's voluntary best practices, hosts educational events and co-produces a wireless trade show.

For more information, visit CTIA.

Sources: Press materials received from the company.

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