Innovation and changeDigital TransformationIoT kitemark launched by BSI

IoT kitemark launched by BSI

New kitemark provides a quick and easy way for consumers to identify IoT devices they can trust

Standards organisation BSI has launched the first kitemark of its kind in the Internet of Things (IoT) space.

The BSI Kitemark for IoT Devices has been developed in response to the growth of internet connected products, and is designed to help consumers confidently and easily identify the IoT devices they can trust to be safe, secure and functional.

In March 2018 the Government’s Secure by Design review announced a series of measures to make connected devices safer to use. The Kitemark builds on these guidelines by providing ongoing rigorous and independent assessments to make sure the device both functions and communicates as it should, and that it has the appropriate security controls in place. Manufacturers of internet connected devices will be able to reassure consumers by displaying the Kitemark on their product and in their marketing materials.

There are three different types of BSI Kitemark for IoT Devices, which will be awarded following assessment according to the device’s intended use: residential, for use in residential applications; commercial, for use in commercial applications; and enhanced, for use in residential or commercial high value and high risk applications.

The assessment process involves a series of tests that help ensure the device is fully compliant to the requirements. Before being awarded the Kitemark the manufacturer is assessed against ISO 9001, and the product is required to pass both an assessment of functionality and interoperability, as well as penetration testing scanning for vulnerabilities and security flaws.

Once the BSI Kitemark is achieved the product will undergo regular monitoring and assessment including functional and interoperability testing, further penetration testing and an audit to review any necessary remedial action. Importantly, if security levels and product quality are not maintained the BSI Kitemark will be revoked until any flaws are rectified.

David Mudd, IoT Business Development Director at BSI said: “Connected devices can bring huge benefits to consumers, but as they become ever more commonplace it’s imperative that both their function and their security is up to scratch.

“The new BSI Kitemark for IoT Devices will provide consumers with a quick and easy way of identifying which products they can trust to not only perform as expected, but also keep their data secure.”

The BSI Kitemark for IoT Devices has been developed in collaboration with industry stakeholders to ensure that they add value and address the key issues of importance to consumers and industry alike. Many organizations have good product design and security processes established already, but by having their systems independently tested with regular stringent penetration tests and monitoring, it demonstrates to customers their commitment to safeguarding information.

A number of products are currently being assessed to the scheme’s requirements, with the first product expected to achieve the BSI Kitemark in the summer.

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