New CTA Smart Home Security Checklist is Fully Loaded
The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) has compiled a new checklist for all things internet connected and its jam packed with information.
The Connected Home Security Checklist Tool covers everything from passwords to encryption, VPN to Z-Wave/ZigBee and everything in between. It offers risks, precautions, overviews, and is based on CTA's Device Security Best Practices white paper.
"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."
Poised as a list of best practices, the checklist "helps guide connected home dealers and professionals through the most secure and best practices available" for setting up customers home.
Mobile-friendly and easy to reference, CTA maintains that the list is importnat for consumers as well, as we move into the middle grounds of DIY and Do-it-for-me.
"As more consumers understand how consumer technology is changing our lives for the better, and our homes become increasingly more connected and complex, our industry will see a wave of business," said Dan Fulmer, CTA TechHome board member and one of the developers of the best practices. "We are enthusiastic and ready for this remarkable opportunity. But we recognize that trust is at the heart of the smart home business, and to succeed we need to equip experienced installers with the latest best practices to grow their businesses and provide consumers with the peace of mind they want."
CTA research claims that nearly all homes have access to the internet and 29 million smart home devices are projected to sell this year - a 63 percent increase from last year.
And the demand for security has been ever prevalent as more devices become connected (with microphones/webcams) to the internet.
The Checklist Tool delivers numerous benefits by:
- Outlining existing best solutions to current and forthcoming smart home security challenges;
- Providing customers with peace of mind through enhanced protection against smart home/connected home related threats;
- Comprehensively cataloging the installed connected systems in a home;
- Reducing liability to professional installers by providing an industry approved guide; and
- Adding value to the services of CTA member professional installers, setting them apart in the marketplace by using documented recommended practices or processes for selecting products, systems, installation and maintenance.
The Connected Home Security Checklist Tool was developed by CTA's Tech Home Division Board. The tool is available only to CTA members. Interested parties should contact Gregory Morrison at gmorrison@CTA.tech.