The number of smart devices certified secure under the S’pore program has more than tripled in 6 months

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SINGAPORE – The number of devices certified under a national labeling scheme – which helps buyers assess the security of smart devices against cyber risks – has risen from 40 in October last year to nearly 150 now.

Since the launch of the Cybersecurity Labeling Scheme in 2020, more than 250 applications have been submitted.

These new figures were revealed by Dr Janil Puthucheary, Minister of State for Communications and Information and Health, on Wednesday 11 May.

The program certifies Internet of Things (IoT) products such as Wi-Fi routers, Internet Protocol (IP) cameras, and smart switches.

The Government Technology Agency (GovTech) TraceTogether contact tracing token is also certified.

Successful applicants of the scheme, which is run by the Cyber ​​Security Agency of Singapore, can put a label on the packaging of their certified products. They may also display the label in all product advertisements and promotional materials.

Buyers using certified devices are less likely to encounter incidents such as cybercriminals hacking into IP cameras to spy on them, breaking into home routers to access their data, or even using their internet-connected devices as a proxy to hack other systems.

Dr Janil, who is also Minister in charge of GovTech, said: “As more and more products and companies join us, I am sure we can develop more innovative products while ensuring that our cybersecurity posture is not compromised.”

He also said that the program has attracted international attention and interest.

The cybersecurity labeling system is among several examples of government measures introduced to support IoT innovation and promote cybersecurity practices, which Dr. Janil mentioned in his speech at the IoT Innovation Day of the United States. Association of Information Security Professionals (AiSP) Wednesday.

Other measures include partnering with industry players and citizens to gather feedback on how IoT technology can be improved to better impact their businesses and lives.

During Wednesday’s event, held at the Suntec Convention Centre, Dr. Janil also witnessed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between AiSP and the Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) .

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