CTIA unveils cybersecurity certification program for IoT devices

Recently, CTIA, a trade association in the wireless communications industry, has announced the launch of a new cybersecurity certification program for IoT devices. Let’s briefly take a look at what it covers, along with some of the other certification programs the association provides.

According to CTIA, the certification will act as an additional layer of protection for wireless structure, making smart cities, healthcare solutions, connected cars, and IoT apps more secure. Moreover, the Cybersecurity Certification Program has been designed with NTIA and NIST IoT recommendations in mind.

Starting October 2018 and onwards, organisations will be able to submit their IoT devices for certification testing. Here are the areas your smart devices can receive certifications in:

  1. Battery certification program

The Lithium ion battery needs to adhere to the IEEE Standard for Rechargeable Batteries for Cellular Telephones as well as the one for Rechargeable Batteries for Multi-Cell Mobile Computing Devices in order to pass.

  1. Battery life certification program

The program estimates the smartphone’s battery life.

  1. Bluetooth compatibility certification program

Partnering with Bluetooth Special Interest Group, CTIA aims to improve the interoperability between Bluetooth devices and phones.

  1. Device hardware reliability certification program

The device needs to have reliable hardware capable of withstanding shock and water ingress, and that’s what this particular certification program is testing for.

  1. IoT cybersecurity certification program

This certification program was designed to establish the industry baseline for device security on wireless networks. The certification test plan supports a wide range of use cases. Coming in October 2018.