New CTA smart home security checklist will improve consumers' IoT security

The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) is now offering installers of smart home technology products a new security checklist for internet-connected devices, the company said.

The Connected Home Security Checklist Tool, based on CTA´s Device Security Best Practices white paper, details security protocols for installing and configuring products to help protect consumers and their smart home devices from unwanted malware or hackers.

The tool is mobile-friendly and ideal for job sites, offering installers a quick reference of industry practices for topics including passwords, networks, modems and routers, VPNs and Z-Wave/ZigBee.

To ensure consumers are well informed about the work completed in their homes by professionals, the tool also e-mails customers a comprehensive assessment of the security steps performed, as well as recommendations.

Consumer Technology Association is the trade association representing the USD 292bn US consumer technology industry. More than 2,200 companies — 80 percent are small businesses and startups; others are among the world´s best known brands — enjoy the benefits of CTA membership including policy advocacy, market research, technical education, industry promotion, standards development and the fostering of business and strategic relationships.