INTERNET OF THINGS
An increasing number of items in our lives are connected to the internet. This includes the usual things like computers and phones but now also includes a very wide variety of other items such as children’s toys, door bells, light switches, fridges, building environment controls. This large selection of connected items and devices are often called the Internet of Things or “IoT”. At the moment there is very little regulation or control of the way things connect to the internet which can leave business and families vulnerable to attack, data loss and privacy invasion.
Working with experts from the IoT Security Foundation, IASME has developed an IoT Security Assessment that allows manufacturers of all sizes to assess the security of their internet-connected devices.
This security assessment is aimed at manufacturers of any device which connects to the internet. It asks a set of questions about the basic controls such a device would be expected to have in place for the minimum acceptable level of security. Although no evidence is required for the assessment, a board member or equivalent must sign a declaration to confirm that all the answers are true. This way of assessment ensures that the board members are aware of the issues and take responsibility. It also ensures the costs of the scheme remains low.
The answers to this assessment are then reviewed by a trained assessor. If successful, the device will be certified to the basic, silver or gold level depending on its level of security. A certificate and a badge is provided to be placed product marketing and packaging to demonstrate the security of the device to consumers.
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