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Emphasizing Security by Design with Matter 1.3: A Call to Action for Device Manufacturers

Discover how the latest Matter 1.3 specification is revolutionizing IoT with new device integrations like electric vehicle chargers and major appliances. Learn why a security-first approach is crucial and how Kudelski IoT's expertise ensures these devices are not only functional but fundamentally secure.

Christopher Schouten
Christopher Schouten
Sr. Director Marketing, Kudelski IoT
Updated on
May 8, 2024
The release of the Matter 1.3 specification extends the IoT protocol to include new device types such as electric vehicle chargers and major appliances, each of which brings with it its own security challenges. Is your device ready for Matter?
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The recent release of the Matter 1.3 specification marks a significant advancement in the realm of Internet of Things (IoT) standards, bringing new functionalities and device support that promise enhanced user experiences and energy management. This includes the integration of major appliances and electric vehicle charging systems—developments that bring not only convenience but also new security challenges that must be addressed.

Security Challenges Across New Device Classes

  1. Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE):
    • Security Risks: Unauthorized access could lead to manipulation of charging times and theft of electricity or data. Cyberattacks could potentially disrupt the charging process, causing inconvenience or even safety hazards.
    • Security Measures: Robust authentication mechanisms are needed to ensure that only authorized users can control the charging settings.
  2. Major Appliances (Microwaves, Ovens, Cooktops):
    • Security Risks: These devices could be remotely turned on or off, leading to potential fire hazards or damage. Furthermore, compromised appliances could serve as entry points into home networks, risking data breaches.
    • Security Measures: Firmware integrity checks and regular updates are essential to protect against unauthorized code execution.
  3. Water Management Devices (Leak and Freeze Detectors, Rain Sensors):
    • Security Risks: Manipulation could result in water damage or disruptions in water supply, which could have severe consequences for home safety and maintenance.
    • Security Measures: Encryption of data transmissions and stringent access controls can prevent unauthorized manipulation of these devices.

Kudelski IoT: Ensuring Robust Security by Design

Addressing these security challenges necessitates a proactive approach—security by design. Here is where Kudelski IoT's expertise becomes pivotal. As a leader in digital security, Kudelski IoT offers a comprehensive portfolio of services designed to secure every aspect of IoT deployment:

  • Security Assessments and Architecture Reviews: Before any device reaches the market, assessing its security architecture can preempt potential vulnerabilities. Kudelski IoT provides thorough evaluations that tailor security measures to the specific risks associated with each device type.
  • Advanced Encryption and Access Control Solutions: Protecting the data integrity and privacy of IoT devices is critical. Kudelski IoT employs state-of-the-art encryption techniques and access management solutions to secure device-to-device and device-to-cloud communications.
  • Regular Security Audits and Compliance Monitoring: To keep up with evolving threats, continuous monitoring and regular audits are essential. Kudelski IoT ensures that devices not only comply with current standards like Matter but also remain secure against new vulnerabilities.
  • Incident Response and Anomaly Detection: Kudelski IoT’s services extend beyond prevention, offering robust incident response capabilities and anomaly detection to quickly address any breaches or unusual activities.

As a Matter Device Attestation Certificate provider, Kudelski IoT plays a crucial role in the ecosystem, ensuring that devices adhere to stringent security standards before they integrate with the Matter framework. This certification reassures manufacturers and consumers alike that the devices are built on a secure foundation.

The expansion of the Matter specification to include new classes of devices offers tremendous potential for improving our daily lives and operational efficiencies. However, the introduction of these advanced devices also calls for an equally advanced security approach. Kudelski IoT stands ready to assist manufacturers in navigating these complex security landscapes, ensuring that their products are secure by design and trusted by users. In embracing these principles, the IoT community can not only enhance functionality but also fortify the trust and safety of its ecosystems.


Matter-compliant certificate service

Kudelski IoT’s Matter Product Attestation Certificate Service enables companies to get scalable access to Device Attestation Certificates, letting them join the Matter ecosystem with confidence and ease. We can also be your strategic security partner throughout your entire product lifecycle.