AT&T Auto Plug-in Became the First IOT Device to Get Cybersecurity Certification

The regulatory body for the wireless industry, CTIA just approved the AT&T Plug-in under the Internet of Things (IoT) Cybersecurity Device Program. This became the first device to get cybersecurity certification. According to industry sources, the certification has long time implications as the security for the IOT devices continued to remain a concerning area, although there have been no certified smart gadgets that managed to get such certification. Many other smart devices soon can follow suit.

The particular device in question is named as HARMAN Spark which is capable to turn any car into a smart and connected one. The device manufactured by AT&T is first of its kind plug-in device which is capable to offer on-road connectivity for any car produced after 1996.

Chief Technical Officer ( CTO) of the CTIA IoT Cybersecurity Certification Program which was started to create a consensus and make security parameters for the smart and connected gadgets views the move as a key role to protect the rights of the consumers of such gadgets. While the connected car technology is all set to make big strides with several smart car systems in the making, such a consolidated certification on cybersecurity will give the IOT industry for vehicles a further boost.

In this respect, it is important to understand how the certification program can really enhance the security standard and make the lives of people better. The CTIA certification is focused to evaluate the device-level security of the gadget in question in relation to several industry-specific best practices. The security features that are evaluated by this program range from the lack of user data to the management of user credentials such as password and login information. The certification program also verifies the security features of the device against the industry standards concerning data security.

The whole question of security for connected car systems is crucial to ensure customers that their data and privacy is not vulnerable because of this new breed of on-road connectivity solutions. AT&T’s smart plug-in may be the first beneficiary of such a connected system, but it is likely to be the beginning of a whole array of secure connected devices for cars and transport systems in the future. In this respect, the certification of HARMAN Spark as the first connected IOT device has great significance. With this, the new era of the safe and secure smart driving ecosystem of the future looks no longer to be a far-fetched reality.

According to the prediction of Ericsson by 2024, the number of cellular IoT connections all over the globe will reach an overwhelming number of 4.1 billion. Naturally, a number of connected transport systems will come in the market and future IOT manufacturers will continue to push their innovations for the connected car market. Keeping a view of this future reality which is slowly unfolding before us, we have to take the CTIA certification seriously. The certification program was basically created to ensure optimum security for connected vehicles, cars, health devices and apps connecting various wireless gadgets.

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