CTIA Creates Cybersecurity Certification for Cellular-Connected IoT Devices
Tuesday, August 21, 2018 | Comments

CTIA announced the creation of the CTIA Cybersecurity Certification Program for cellular-connected internet of things (IoT) devices. The program was developed in collaboration with the U.S. nationwide wireless providers.

By offering certification for IoT devices built with cybersecurity in mind, the program will protect consumers and wireless infrastructure, while creating a more secure foundation for smart cities, connected cars, mobile health (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," said Tom Sawanobori, CTIA senior vice president and chief technology officer (CTO). "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."

Leading wireless operators, technology companies, security experts and test labs collaborated to develop the program's test requirements and plans. The program builds on 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 more than 70,000 certification requests handled to date by more than 100 CTIA authorized test labs. These programs ensure interoperability between wireless devices and networks, as well as set standards for a secure, high-performing and innovative wireless ecosystem, CTIA said.

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