Canary all-in-one home security solution attains first Internet of Things security certification from ICSA Labs

Via Verizon Wireless Newsroom

Nov 11, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO – The video-driven home security startup Canary, maker of Canary, the all-in-one security solution with HD camera, siren and air monitor, passed rigorous testing to attain the first Internet of Things (IoT) security certification from ICSA Labs, a leading third-party testing and certification body and an independent division of Verizon. This was announced today at Techonomy 16: man, machines & the network.

Canary’s all-in-one solution will now carry the ICSA Labs’ IoT mark of approval indicating the Canary solution underwent stringent security testing. The Canary device helps consumers safeguard their home by sending alerts to an app on a smartphone when activity is detected. Users can then view a live video stream and sound a 90-decibel siren or call local authorities via the app.

In addition, ICSA Labs found no criteria violations requiring correction or retesting of its device. ICSA Labs uses its IoT Device Security Testing Framework as the basis for all IoT security certification testing. The framework currently contains six categories of testing elements (alert/logging, cryptography, authentication, communications, physical security, and platform security) and applies a set of security and privacy testing requirements appropriate for the particular kind or type of IoT device tested.

As part of the certification process, the Canary device will be tested over its lifecycle at regularly established intervals to verify the device remains secure.

“In an industry as fast growing and diverse as the Internet of Things, data security is too often an afterthought,” said Chris Rill, co-founder and CTO, Canary. “Until now, there hasn't been a trusted resource to vet many of the connected home products currently flooding the market. For decades, ICSA has been a reliable and responsible institution that has tested and certified thousands of IT products. There isn’t a better organization to set the standard for how IoT devices should be developed and assessed. We worked from day one to make sure Canary can sit securely in your home and we’re thrilled to be the first product to receive this certification.”

The lack of security in many IoT devices deployed in the market today is a serious concern for organizations and consumers. Consumers are fast becoming aware that with IoT comes an increased risk of cyberthreats. Unsecured devices offer a new entry point into an individual’s home network and can threaten other connected devices. This can also lead to consumer data loss of personal records, credit card information, health records and more.

“Our IoT Testing and Certification Program directly addresses the #1 concern among IoT technology adopters which is security,” said George Japak, managing director, ICSA Labs. “With the ICSA Labs certification seal, Canary home security system consumers are reassured that the device they selected meets our stringent security requirements for IoT devices.”

The certification program is recommended as part of an overall compliance program for organizations that brand and resell IoT devices and sensors; organizations implementing IoT devices and sensors in their businesses; and device and sensor makers.

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