Last month, CTIA, the wireless industry association, launched an initiative through which wireless-connected Internet of Things (“IoT”) devices can be certified for cybersecurity readiness. According to the CTIA announcement, the CTIA Cybersecurity Certification Program (the “Program”) is intended to protect both consumers and wireless infrastructure by creating a more secure foundation for IoT applications that support “smart” cities, connected cars, mobile health apps, home appliances, and other IoT-enabled environments.
The Program was developed in collaboration with the nationwide wireless carriers, along with technology companies, security experts and test laboratories, and builds upon IoT security recommendations from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). According to the Program Test Plan, devices eligible for certification include those that contain an IoT application layer that provides identity and authentication functionality and at least one communications module supporting either LTE or Wi-Fi networks.
The Program comes at a time of rapid growth for IoT devices. According to the latest Ericsson Mobility Report, the global IoT market will expand to 3.5 billion cellular-connected devices in the next five years. Much of this growth is expected to be driven by the anticipated deployment of 5G technology and enhanced mobile broadband.
The Program will begin accepting devices for certification testing beginning in October 2018. Details on how to participate in the Program are available on the CTIA website.