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The smart home is a reality, but not yet standard.
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Cyber security for the connected smart home

COLOGNE, Germany, June 28, 2018

There will be around 500 devices, products, applications and components in every private household that are Internet-enabled or already connected to the Internet by 2023, said a new report.

However, many of these "smart" products and applications are not sufficiently tested for data security and cybersecurity, added the report titled “Cybersecurity Trends 2018” from Germany-based TUV Rheinland, a global leader in independent inspection services.

Networked devices collect and exchange data

Smart networked devices include online control systems for roller shutters, lighting or heating as well as televisions, refrigerators or lawnmowers, mobile phones, tablet PCs or baby monitors.

"Networked devices need to collect and exchange data in order to function. Otherwise these are not smart. At the same time, they must be well protected against data security and cyber-burglaries," said Dr Daniel Hamburg, head of the Global Center of Excellence Testing and Certification at TUV Rheinland.

Among other things, it demands that standards for testing device security be extended to include tests for data security and cybersecurity. "Otherwise, the Smart Home will open the door to a new kind of burglar,” he added.

Cyber criminals: New generation of burglars

In fact, there are already incidents in which it is possible to penetrate systems and products connected to the Internet with comparatively simple means. This is done, for example, via malware or WLAN. In a recent test, for example, experts from TUV Rheinland hacked an inverter in a solar power system. This would have made it possible to affect connected storage systems or even the power grid itself. Alarm systems or surveillance systems have also been hacked and levered out by burglars.

Ensure compliance with data protection regulations

To ensure that consumers can be more confident that products and systems meet current data protection and online security requirements at the time of purchase, experts demand independent testing according to uniform standards.

Dr Hamburg said: "An example from Germany: The GS mark for tested product safety has existed in Germany for 40 years. We now need a similar test for smart products in order to make tested data security and cybersecurity visible to consumers at a glance. This creates an opportunity for comparison in the market and ensures trust in the manufacturers."

TUV Rheinland has been developing such tests since 2017. The experts check the data protection and data security of products and applications that are connected to these products.

An Internet-enabled device is almost always connected to a service, for example mobile and flexible control via a smartphone. When purchasing new smart devices, consumers should always inform themselves about compliance with data protection regulations and not just pay attention to the price. – TradeArabia News Service

Tags: Internet | Smart home | Cyber Security | TUV Rhineland |

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