Chinese consumer electronics and smart manufacturing company Xiaomi is adopting a new global standard for artificial intelligence (AI) and Internet of Things (IoT) security that aims to reassure people about data safety while using IoT products, according to a Monday (January 17) press release.
“The security and privacy of users is a top priority for Xiaomi, and we promise that this applies to all the markets in which we operate,” said Cui Baoqiu, Vice President of Xiaomi and Head of the Xiaomi Security and Privacy Committee.
He added that the Xiaomi Mesh System AX3000 has joined the BSI Kitemark certification, and that Xiaomi is “a leader in IoT security policies and practices in the world, and we will continue to work hard to build a better IoT ecosystem for our users.”
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Xiaomi’s proposed global standards – Cyber Security Baseline for Consumer Internet of Things Device Version 2.0 – strive to protect user privacy and security with a comprehensive list of requirements based on device hardware and software guidelines.
According to the press release, it “also stipulates data security and privacy requirements, which include connection security, authentication, access control, secure boot, data deletion, etc. It is the foundation of security that all Xiaomi smart devices should follow.”
Xiaomi’s guidelines are intended to meet the needs of the consumer IoT industry, as there is no such general standard that can be publicly queried and implemented. This guide can be used by companies to help avoid risks and improve the security and privacy protection capabilities of their IoT products.
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“Connected devices can bring significant benefits to society, but it is essential that their functionality and security be trusted throughout the life of the device,” said David Mudd, director of global digital and connected product certification at BSI.
“By realizing BSI Kitemark for its product IoT devices and regularly and independently testing and monitoring their systems, Xiaomi is demonstrating to consumers their commitment to protecting information,” Maud added.