The Finnish Transport and Communications Agency Traficom has today launched a Cyber security label. The label guarantees to consumers that the labeled devices have basic information security features.
The Cyber security label can be awarded to networking smart devices if the devices meet the certification criteria, which are based on EN 303 645. With the label, Traficom aims to raise consumer awareness of information security and the safe use of connected devices.
As smart homes are becoming increasingly common, more and more devices are connected to the internet and the data transmitted by these devices is used for various services. Because these devices also collect data on their users, their information security features play an increasingly important role. When smart TVs, smartphones, toys and other connected devices in the home network are secure, users can avoid the risk of data abuse, hacking or data leaks.
In autumn 2019, Traficom studied consumers’ attitudes and wishes related to the purchase and use of smart devices. One of the key findings was that every other Finnish person is concerned about the information security in smart devices, and two in three find it very important that there is easy to understand information available on the information security of devices.
“The security level of devices in the market varies, and until now there has been no easy way for consumers to know which products are safe and which are not. The Cyber security label launched today is a tool that makes purchase decisions easier by helping consumers identify devices that are sufficiently secure,” said Director Jarkko Saarimäki from the National Cyber Security Center Finland (NCSC-FI) at Traficom.
The active development of the Cyber security label began at the end of 2018. The label was developed in a pilot project led by the NCSC-FI in collaboration with Cozify Oy, DNA Plc and Polar Electro Oy. The first Cyber security labels have now been awarded to the products of these companies. The label was awarded in November to the Cozify Hub for smart homes, DNA’s Wattinen smart heating system and the Polar Ignite fitness smartwatch.
“We are promoting the Cyber security label in our campaign with the theme ‘buy smart, not blind’. We are hoping that consumers will learn to recognize the label and actively look for it when selecting products and services. At the same time, we will contribute to the increased availability of secure devices in the market. We hope that as many manufacturers as possible want to certify their products. Our goal is that in a few years most home electronics categories will include products with the Cyber security label,” Saarimäki added.
The information security of smart devices is a global challenge, and several initiatives have been launched in Europe to improve their security. Finland is the first country to start granting information security certificates to devices that pass the required tests. The Cyber security label launched today makes Finland one of the top European countries to promote the security of smart devices.
The Finnish Cyber security label has been designed to tackle the challenges consumers face as smart devices are becoming increasingly common in homes. The products that have been granted the label also have good chances of being awarded other European smart device certificates in the future,” said Chief Specialist Juhani Eronen from Traficom.
Finding products that have been awarded the Cyber security label is easy. The new website tietoturvamerkki.fi serves both consumers and companies wishing to have their products certified. The website lists all products that have been awarded the Cyber security label and provides basic information about the label. The website also explains to businesses how they can apply for the label.