CTA: New Smart Home Security Checklist for Tech Installers Will “Improve Consumers’ IoT Security”
The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) is now offering installers of smart home technology products a new security checklist for internet-connected devices. The Connected Home Security Checklist Tool, based on CTA's Device Security Best Practices white paper, details security protocols for installing and configuring products to help protect consumers and their smart home devices from unwanted malware or hackers.
"Good cybersecurity practices are critical at the installer level - one of the first lines of defense against security breaches," said Melissa Andresko, chair of CTA's TechHome Division and communications director at Lutron Electronics. "To better safeguard consumers' privacy and sensitive information, CTA created the first-ever tool designed by installers, for installers, that outlines existing best practices, standards and methods for today's smart home security challenges."
The tool is mobile-friendly and ideal for job sites, offering installers a quick reference of industry practices for topics including passwords, networks, modems and routers, VPNs and Z-Wave/ZigBee. To ensure consumers are well informed about the work completed in their homes by professionals, the tool also e-mails customers a comprehensive assessment of the security steps performed, as well as recommendations.