Secured by Design (SBD) is the official police security initiative that is owned by the UK Police Service with the specific aim to reduce crime and help people live more safely.
Increase in IoT products
As life and business in the 21st century becomes increasingly reliant on being connected to the internet, the world has seen an increase in products known as Internet of Things (IoT) becoming available in the shape of smart doorbells doorbells, smart locks, lightbulbs and voice assistants like Alexa and Siri.
It is estimated that the number of internet-connected devices across the world now stands in the region of 35 billion with that number predicted to rise to 75 billion by 2025.
Product Security and Telecommunications Infrastructure Act
That is why the Product Security and Telecommunications Infrastructure Act 2022 was enacted into law last December, with the government announcing that companies have a period of a year to implement the changes put forth in the legislation, with compliance required by 29 April 2024. The legislation requires manufacturers, importers and distributors to ensure that minimum-security requirements are met in relation to consumer connectable products that are available to consumers in the United Kingdom.
Secured by Design has launched a ‘Secure Connected Device’ (SCD) accreditation scheme in consultation with the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology (DSIT). The scheme highlights products that have achieved the appropriate IoT standards / certifications, to keep UK users safe and help them make better-informed choices when buying such devices.
Salto Systems compliant
SALTO Systems is already compliant with the new legislation. SALTO became the first UK Company to achieve the BSI Enhanced Level IoT Kitemark for access control systems in June 2021 – almost three years ahead of the legislation by the time it comes into effect next April
The Enhanced Level IoT Kitemark demonstrates that a connected product has a higher level of security controls in place than the market standard for its type and is generally suitable for higher value or risk applications. Assessment to this level involves BSI’s most in-depth and exacting testing and analysis.
SALTO Systems MD Ramesh Gurdev said: “Our Enhanced Level IoT Kitemark is a mark of trust for both current and potential customers, demonstrating that SALTO connected products are safe, secure and fit for purpose throughout their life. Combining this with the Secure Digital Applications Kitemark for our app and web services gives further confidence to customers that we have proven, recognised and accredited security standards in place across our whole eco-system.”