With the rapid increase in users of Internet of Things (IoT) products and improvements to IoT technology, many consumer IoT products have been designed to optimise functionality and short go-to-market period. According to an estimate, there will be 50 billion IoT devices by 2030. Due to the fast rate of launching IoT products, there may not have been many checks in these products for cybersecurity and products might have little to no security features built-in. This gap gives hackers an opportunity to attack such products and gain access to consumers’ information and data. Hackers can also use compromised IoT devices as botnets to launch DDoS attacks on the internet service.
As an effort to improve the IoT cybersecurity, the Cyber Security Agency of Singapore (CSA) has launched the Cybersecurity Labelling Scheme (CLS) for consumer smart devices. This will help to raise the overall cybersecurity hygiene levels in smart devices and better secure the cyberspace of Singapore. CSA has introduced the CLS to Wi-Fi routers and smart home hubs as a start. In Jan 2021, CSA has expanded the CLS Security scheme to cover all type of consumer IoT devices.
Under the CLS, there are 4 levels of cybersecurity provisions that the smart devices can be rated into. The CLS is represented by one, two, three, or four asterisks corresponding to level 1 through 4. Each additional asterisk represents an additional level of testing and assessment that the smart devices has comply with.
Below is a breakdown of the cybersecurity provisions for each level:
As most consumers do not understand the technicalities and the information on the amount of cybersecurity that is built into smart devices is not readily available, consumers are not able to make informed decisions when buying such smart devices. With the introduction of CLS, consumers are able to understand the level of cybersecurity measures that have been tested on the smart devices and assist in making their purchase decisions.
TÜV SÜD can facilitate and review your smart devices based on CSA's CLS levels 1 to 4. We have a well-versed team that is familiar with the security requirements and evaluation of various consumer IoT products. TÜV SÜD's team is able to access global expertise and tools in the cybersecurity test requirements and provide the option of expanding accessibility to global markets.
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