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Enhancing IoT Security with Connectivity Standards Alliance: A Collaborative Approach

As a leading force in the IoT industry, Kudelski IoT is dedicated to providing robust security solutions that ensure the safety and reliability of connected devices. The 2023 Connectivity Standards Alliance (CSA) Annual Report highlights significant advancements in IoT security, emphasizing the vital role of industry collaboration and standards in creating a secure IoT ecosystem. Here, we reflect on these achievements and explore how Kudelski IoT can help customers implement better security in their IoT devices.

Christopher Schouten
Christopher Schouten
Sr. Director Marketing, Kudelski IoT
Updated on
May 16, 2024
The 2023 Connectivity Standards Alliance Annual Report underscores significant advancements in IoT security, highlighting efforts like the creation of a unified IoT Device Security Specification and global collaboration on cybersecurity standards.
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CSA's Commitment to IoT Security

The CSA's relentless focus on IoT security is evident through its various initiatives and working groups dedicated to this critical aspect of connected technology. In 2023, the CSA supported the US Cybersecurity Labeling Program for consumer IoT device security, provided expertise to policymakers worldwide, and participated in global forums like the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting of the New Champions​​. These efforts underscore the importance of unified security standards and the CSA's role in advocating for comprehensive, global approaches to IoT security.

Key Achievements in 2023

  1. IoT Device Security Specification: The CSA's Product Security Working Group created an IoT Device Security Specification and accompanying Assessment Guidance. These documents harmonize requirements from major standards like ETSI EN 303 645, NIST IR 8425, and the Singapore Cybersecurity Labeling Scheme​​. This initiative aims to bridge the gap between disparate cybersecurity standards, ensuring that devices comply with robust security protocols.
  2. Matter and Zigbee Enhancements: Significant updates to the Matter and Zigbee specifications included security enhancements and support for new device types. The Matter Working Group, for example, introduced new interoperability testing facilities and released two updates to the specification, accelerating the adoption of secure IoT devices​​.
  3. Global Engagement: The CSA's global strategy involved active participation in discussions with policymakers and industry leaders across Europe, Asia, and the Americas. This broad engagement helps align global security requirements and promotes the adoption of secure IoT practices worldwide​​.

Kudelski IoT: A CSA Security Partner

As active participants in all the security work of the CSA, we recognize the critical importance of secure IoT solutions. Our comprehensive suite of security services is designed to help customers navigate the complexities of IoT security and implement best practices that protect their devices and data, enabling them to comply with global IoT security regulations and standards like Matter. Here's how we can assist:

  1. Security Assessments and Compliance: Leveraging best practices like those included in CSA's IoT Device Security Specification, we provide detailed security assessments to ensure your devices meet the highest security standards. Our team helps you navigate compliance with global security regulations, providing peace of mind and protecting your brand reputation.
  2. Matter Certificates: We are an authorized  Matter Device Attestation Certificates (DAC) provider, enabling Matter's security and interoperability benefits between connected devices. This provisioning ensures seamless interaction and secure communication across different smart home  devices.
  3. In-field Provisioning: We enables the secure provisioning of any IoT device after deployment, giving devices the secure identity that forms the foundation for all other security functions. This simplifies the provisioning process, lowers costs, and reduces the chance of human error in the certificate supply chain compared to current in-factory provisioning methods.
  4. Secure FOTA: We provide an infrastructure for managing the complexity of updating your devices over the air, securely and in a carefully orchestrated manner. This helps comply with the requirements of nearly every regulation and standard to actively monitor and update devices throughout their lifecycle.
The CSA's 2023 Annual Report highlights the pivotal role of security in the IoT landscape and the need for collaborative efforts to establish unified standards. At Kudelski IoT, we are committed to helping our customers implement these standards, ensuring the security and reliability of their IoT devices. Together, we can build a safer, more secure IoT ecosystem that benefits businesses and consumers alike. For more information on how Kudelski IoT can enhance your IoT security, contact us today and take the first step towards a more secure connected future.


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.