In this age of technology, we’re connected than ever before. IoT devices, from home appliances to wearables, are communicating with each other using Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or Cellular connection. This explosion in connectivity comes with an increased risk of data theft, service disruptions and potential safety concerns.
Intertek, a leading Total Quality Assurance provider to industries worldwide, launched Cyber Assured, the first ever cybersecurity product testing and certification program, delivering a comprehensive certification solution for manufacturers and brands for their connected consumer products.
Intertek’s Cyber Assured Certification is the first robust product cybersecurity testing and certification program that provides continuous vulnerability monitoring for connected consumer products. It enables manufacturers to assess their products, improving the product’s cybersecurity, helping meet emerging regulatory requirements such as California SB327, and most importantly demonstrating to consumers that the product is secure, through the use of the Intertek Cyber Assured Mark and directory, reports Business World.
“Intertek has been a pioneer in cybersecurity testing, certification and assurance for more than three decades. 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, of which many businesses have no previous experience, as well as new regulatory requirements like California IoT and EU GDPR,” said Tony Walker, Vice President, Intertek Connected World. “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.”
Cyber Assured continuously reassess the certified products to ensure their safety against constantly emerging threats and vulnerabilities. Furthermore, 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, giving consumers greater peace of mind. Intertek Cyber Assured certification is 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, and cloud services.
Intertek has been a leader in cybersecurity and cellular connectivity testing for more than 30 years. The company’s Connected World business line provides the complete range of services needed to allow clients to launch effective, secure connected products.