SBD Secure Connected Device accreditation

The rise of the Internet of Things (‘IoT’) and smart devices has revolutionised the way we live our lives, at home and at work, with many smart devices allowing you to control them remotely. Whether it is a doorbell, lightbulb, voice assistant (Alexa, Siri), kitchen appliance, children’s toy, everything connected to the internet falls under this category.

However, with the increase in IoT products available and a growing ecosystem of interconnected devices, cyber criminals are targeting and exploiting vulnerabilities of the products and within apps as most are mass-produced without security being in the forefront.

Without the appropriate levels of security, any internet connected device or app is at risk of providing cyber criminals with the ‘key’ in accessing and stealing personal data. Now more than ever, it’s important to ensure that all IoT products have the right security in place to protect consumers and reduce the risk of them falling victim to cyber crime.

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The SBD IoT membership scheme

In 2018, the Government published the first Code of Practice (CoP) for the Internet of Things. The CoP, developed by Department of Digital, Culture, Media & Sports (DCMS), sets a benchmark for security for manufacturers to follow when developing IoT products for the UK market. This is now being influenced by ETSI EN 303 645 and other IoT related standards.

SBD IoTSBD has now launched a new ‘Secure Connected Device’ accreditation scheme for companies providing IoT connected products. Working closely with certifying bodies such as IASME, BSI and UL, who assess IoT products and services against the CoP, SBD’s IoT Device assessment framework identifies the level of risk associated with an IoT device and its ecosystem, providing recommendations on the appropriate certification routes.

Once third-party testing and independent certification for a product has been achieved, the company can apply to become SBD members, with the product receiving the SBD ‘Secure Connected Device’ accreditation, a unique and recognisable accreditation that will highlight products as having achieved the relevant IoT standards and certifications.

Showing that a product has achieved both the physical and digital requirements of the ‘Police Preferred Specification’ shows that ‘Secured by Design’ is at the heart of what a company does.

You can find out more about the opportunities and the benefits of becoming a SBD member here.

Contact our IoT Technical Officer  to find out more about the new SBD IoT accreditation opportunities and the benefits of becoming a SBD member.