UL Supported CTIA Program Development through Cybersecurity Working Group
UL, a global safety science leader, is now recognized as a CTIA Authorized Testing Laboratory (CATL) for cybersecurity. With this new designation, UL is ready to test connected devices for CTIA’s Cybersecurity Certification Program.
“We see security as integral to overall product safety and quality,” explained Ghislain Devouge, global vice president and general manager of the Consumer Technology division at UL. “While the CTIA certification provides minimal baseline security requirements, we believe that it is a step in the right direction for addressing cybersecurity risks and complimentary to more comprehensive cybersecurity solutions.”
CTIA is a non-profit industry organization that represents U.S. wireless communications carriers and equipment manufacturers, mobile app developers and content creators. UL worked closely with CTIA through their Cybersecurity Working Group to further define the test requirements, perform pilot testing, and overall help ensure interoperability between wireless devices and networks, and set standards for a secure, high-performing and innovative wireless ecosystem.
“The IoT markets have an enormous need for improving their security posture,” added Devouge. “Becoming a CTIA CATL for cybersecurity is a key step that UL is taking to help advance safety and security within the IoT ecosystem.”
The CTIA Cybersecurity Certification Program helps establish foundational security standards for LTE and Wi-Fi enabled IoT devices, including the IoT ecosystems for smart homes, smart cities, mobile healthcare infrastructure, connected cars and personal devices.
The CTIA IoT Cybersecurity Certification Program offers tiered security testing in three categories to meet the evolving security needs of IoT device manufacturers, beginning with core IoT device security features, and adding additional requirements based on increasing device complexity, sophistication and manageability. As one of only a few labs authorized by CTIA as a part of their Cybersecurity Certification pilot program, UL will support the expansion of the program through continued collaboration.