In this weekly W&W article, we are going to discuss what I(IoT) cybersecurity certifications are and why they are important for IoT device manufacturers and other IoT companies to have.

What are I(IoT) Cybersecurity Certifications?

I(IoT) Cybersecurity Certifications are internationally recognized standards that help IoT device manufacturers, businesses and government organizations ensure that their I(IoT) device has certain security capabilities.

Why do Organizations Need Them?

Obtaining internationally recognized certifications is hard and takes lots of time and effort from technical team, but is at the same time very important. It is needed in order to help assure customers that the products they are getting meets their security and business needs. Nowadays it is very rare that hardware of an IoT device is updated during its lifespan and, therefore, it has become even more important to assess and approve the security of an IoT device by certification programs before selling it to a consumer. An approved and certified IoT device is one of the components needed towards building a strong reputation in the market. It takes your IoT business to a new “secure” level, opening a wide range of new sales opportunities. Certification carries huge costs for the manufacturer but it prevents much larger expenses.

From regulatory point of view, investing in cybersecurity for IoT device manufacturers is not a trend anymore, it is the new normal! By now, major economies have already introduced regulations that oblige manufacturers to implement basic cybersecurity requirements. Among them – USA (IoT Cybersecurity Improvement Act State laws), Australia (Code of Practice), Japan (IoT Security Safety Framework), European Union (Cybersecurity Act: IoT Certification scheme), Finland (Tietoturvamerkki).

How can Binaré Help IoT Companies With Obtaining I(IoT) Cybersecurity Certifications?

Binaré can help IoT device manufacturers, businesses and government organizations on their way towards IoT cybersecurity standards and regulation compliance by revealing vulnerabilities in their devices that could have obviously prevented them from passing cybersecurity certification programs. Binaré offers much cheaper and faster way your IoT device gets certified which is extremely important in the current dynamic cybersecurity realities.

Examples of I(IoT) Cybersecurity Certifications that Binaré Can Help IoT companies to Get

IEC 62443-4

International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) certifications that recognize the company’s competence in developing secure components for industrial control systems (ICSs): IEC 62443-4-1 and IEC 62443-4-2.

The certifications, IEC 62443-4-1 and IEC 62443-4-2, define the cybersecurity requirements for the development life cycles and products used in industrial control and automation systems. Industrial Control Systems are long-run investments for companies working across different industrial sectors, such as energy, manufacturing, and transportation. Providing security of these systems can be challenging due to their long-lasting life cycle and critical role in operations. However, Binaré can help make providing security of ICSs less challenging by identifying vulnerabilities in your IoT device and fixing them within a short period of time.

ETSI EN 303 645

European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) certification that recognizes the company’s expertise in providing the security of internet-connected consumer devices and their associated services.

ETSI’s specification, EN 303 645, a standard for cybersecurity in the Internet of Things, establishes a security baseline for internet-connected consumer products and provide a basis for future IoT certification schemes. ETSI EN 303 645 requires implementers to forgo the use of universal default passwords, which have been the source of many security issues. This is only one example of a vulnerability that Binaré’s platform could detect in your IoT device and bring your business closer towards passing ETSI EN 303 645.

UL 2900

The UL 2900 certification for software cyber security that recognizes the company’s expertise in providing general software cybersecurity for network-connectable products (UL 2900-1), in particular healthcare systems (UL 2900-2-1), industrial control systems (UL 2900-2-2), and security and life safety signalling (UL 2900-2-3).

UL 2900 is a set of standards developed to assess product weaknesses, vulnerabilities, and security risks controls. In this dynamic environment, Binaré can help to identify weaknesses and security risks in your IoT device and make a process of passing UL 2900 certification faster and cheaper.

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