digital.security introduces initial European security label for connected solutions

digital.security, a European certifier for connected object security, launched its IoT Qualified as Secured (IQS) programme, its initial certification programme for Internet of Things (IoT) designers who want to have the security of their IoT solutions checked by an independent third party.

The IQS label is not a guarantee of compliance with the GDPR for the labeled solution, although many safety requirements are required to facilitate compliance with the European regulation. The most commonly used approach to verify the compliance of a solution with the security requirements of the standard is based on a technical monitoring logic. Depending on the specific contexts of the solution and the requirements to be controlled, interviews and document reviews can be conducted.

Designed for users, this label can be used by IoT designers to check the security of systems that use connected objects. It serves as a reliable and independent indicator for future adopters or users, whether they are professionals or private individuals. The programme featuring the IQS pictogram, IoT manufacturers can check the security of their systems that use connected objects.

digital.security brings together proven know-how and rare expertise (radio frequencies, electronics, SOC, IAM, DLP, PKI, etc.), has an IoT laboratory for evaluating connected solutions and awarding a label, and carries out monitoring and R&D activities resulting in numerous publications and contributions to national and international research work.

The IQS label can be awarded to companies in all economic sectors for a period of 2 years and is based on a reference framework made up of national and international security standards, good “security hygiene” practices and requirements derived from digital.security’s experience (between 25 and 30, depending on the certification level).

All of the components making up a candidate IoT solution are assessed against the reference framework: the connected objects, the communications protocols, the servers that can be accessed over the Internet and the applications made available to users.

The Certification Committee, made up of digital.security’s independent cybersecurity experts, compares the anonymised assessment report with the framework selected for awarding the certification.

digital.security’s aim is to cover most security requirements in EU countries in an objective and measurable way. The time-honoured approach underpinning the certification enables it to evolve as new European standards and regulations are introduced. This way, all IoT stakeholders can adopt a long-term security policy.

The application of measures from the IQS Labeling Program’s security requirements standard provides reasonable resistance to the most common attacks on connected solutions. The goal of the IQS label is to.o provide a first level of security that is realistic and takes into account the challenges of the IoT market. Through this support, we hope to advance the global security of the IoT market in an incremental way.

“You cannot innovate successfully without managing risks,” says Jean-Claude Tapia, CEO of digital.security. “In a global market where the emphasis is more on time-to-market than carefully controlled development, we believed that it was essential to create the first label certifying the security of connected objects, revolutionising the way in which economic and social stakeholders interact with one another.Our aim in launching the IQS label – the first certification system for the IoT – is to come to the aid of all stakeholders and provide this digital revolution with long-term support,” he adds.


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