CTIA has launched a new certification program to improve security for Internet of Things devices, with the support of major industry players including the nation’s four largest carriers.
The wireless industry group said the program will create a more secure foundation for IoT applications like smart cities, connected cars and mHealth.
“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 SVP and CTO, in a statement. “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.”
The standard, which builds on IoT security recommendations from the NTIA and NIST, was developed in collaboration with wireless operators, tech companies and security experts.
“To realize the exciting promise of IoT, security must be considered at every turn,” said William Boni, SVP of Digital Security at T- Mobile. “By setting these standards, the wireless industry is proactively leading the charge to secure previously unsecure devices, protecting our networks and customers against cyberattacks.”
“Establishing a common and readily achievable security program that protects devices, consumers and our networks is a critical initiative as the IoT market continues to grow exponentially, both in the U.S. and globally,” said Cameron Coursey, VP of product development, IoT solutions at AT&T.
Verizon and Sprint also voiced support for the standard, along with executives from Nokia and Ericsson.
CTIA said the program will start accepting devices for certification testing beginning in October of this year.