Manufacturers of internet-connected devices will be able to reassure consumers by displaying the Kitemark on their product
The British Standards Institute (BSI) has introduced a ‘Kitemark’ certification for the Internet of Things (IOT) which the organisation claims is the first of its kind for the industry.
The IoT Kitemark has been developed in response to the growth of internet-connected products and is designed to help consumers readily identify the IoT devices they can trust to be “safe, secure and functional”.
According to BSI, the Kitemark is one of the most recognisable trust marks and demonstrates that each BSI Kitemark verified product or service, has exceeded normal requirements to achieve the highest standards.
Earlier this year, the UK Government’s Secure by Design review announced a series of measures to make connected devices safer to use.
The Kitemark aims to build on these guidelines by providing ongoing rigorous and independent assessments to make sure the IoT device both functions and communicates as it should, and that it has the appropriate security controls in place.
Manufacturers of internet-connected devices will be able to reassure consumers by displaying the Kitemark on their product and in their marketing materials, said BSI.
“Connected devices can bring huge benefits to consumers, but as they become ever more commonplace it’s imperative that both their function and their security is up to scratch,” said David Mudd, IoT business development director at BSI.
“The new BSI Kitemark for IoT devices will provide consumers with a quick and easy way of identifying which products they can trust to not only perform as expected, but also keep their data secure.”
The assessment process involves a series of tests that help ensure the device is fully compliant to the requirements. Before being awarded the Kitemark, the manufacturer is assessed against ISO 9001, and the product is required to pass both an assessment of functionality and interoperability, as well as penetration testing scanning for vulnerabilities and security flaws.
Once the BSI Kitemark is achieved, the product will undergo regular monitoring and assessment including functional and interoperability testing, further penetration testing and an audit to review any necessary remedial action. Importantly, if security levels and product quality are not maintained the BSI Kitemark will be revoked until any flaws are rectified.
There are three different types of BSI Kitemark for IoT Devices, which will be awarded following assessment according to the device’s intended use: residential, for use in residential applications; commercial, for use in commercial applications; and enhanced, for use in residential or commercial high value and high-risk applications.
Several products are currently being assessed to the scheme’s requirements, with the first product expected to achieve the BSI Kitemark in the summer.
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