A digital home has many open doors

What our homes mean to us has been redefined over the course of the COVID era. We now work, rest and play within its limits, not only with family, but also with friends and colleagues in real life or through computers and connected devices. This “open door” policy, spurred by the pandemic, shows no signs of abating. As a result, our homes are becoming vulnerable in many new ways, and we need to make sure that the “new normal” doesn’t take advantage of our hospitality.

Homes are also getting smarter; We’re calling for more technologies that showcase, analyze, and understand our daily lives: Think Ring doorbells, Alexas, Zoom, Teams, and banking apps. We’re giving technology permission to gain some measure of control and insight into our lives – to do that, they need to be connected, so we’re offering more open doors for uninvited guests.

For these reasons, home gates are vital to homes in order to ensure that the four walls we live in are protected from digital thieves in the same way that our front doors protect our homes. However, these Home Gateway systems will only work within the Internet of Things (IoT) if the systems and standards that connect them allow clarity, understanding, and collaboration between service providers and end users. Unlike our physical homes, there are many ways to access our digital home networks, and we only want invited guests.

Building on the baseline

The growing concern about the growing number of devices connected to the Internet has prompted a number of members of the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) to bring their expertise in national guidance and security development together to develop EN 303 645 to serve as the foundation for all IoT devices. The goal was to bring all IoT devices to market with a level of security that began to eliminate uncertainty for the end user, to offer a device that would provide a level of security and help monitor open doors.

However, as our homes become a more complex environment, which goes beyond the Internet of Things, this baseline must be built on. This is why ETSI created TS 103848 to provide the opportunity to build higher and deeper defenses now and in the future. Developed by the CYBER Technical Committee, it sets out guidelines and examples for baseline application and beyond, and recently encourages a formal model to show where to expand the baseline or, in rare cases, where it does not. The first relevant standard to take up smartphones and was released at the end of last year; The next stage will focus on smart door locks. The technical specifications will secure the physical devices between the internal network and the public network, as well as the traffic between these networks, which is vital to home security.

What has been developed with this new Home Gateway security document is important because it makes it possible to achieve a high level of basic security at the Internet and home borders, and is an integral part of our new digital homes that remain secure. It also reinforces the idea that simple security models developed to be global can be extended and applied to vertical domains without invalidating the global model. During the full development of the Home Gateway requirements, and the continuing development of testing and verification of requirements, there was participation from all parts of the stakeholder community. This means that developers, manufacturers, operators, regulators and testers have come together to create a common baseline and prepare it for the future.

stay safe

Home gateways are the first line of security defense for connected IoT devices and other home appliances. Although a secure home gateway does not eliminate the need for strong security for local devices connected to the gateway, it can provide protection against vulnerabilities for legacy devices or those that cannot be secured otherwise. Thus, a secure main gate is a major security layer for the connected home. In a world where IoT devices are in every room of our homes, measures to secure them and protect citizens from malicious attacks are essential.

Protecting our home is something we can never fail to do, and the Home Gateway keeps the gates and windows into our lives secured by the digital world. Thus, the age-old promise of the perfect work-life balance has approached the hybrid of work-from-home, occasional commute, flexible working hours, and a secure Internet that begins with the basics of a secure home gateway.

More information

The ETSI Consumer Cyber ​​Security Standard is supplemented by a test specification to help manufacturers pass certification schemes, a guide to facilitate implementation, and a model for better development of future vertical standards, within the committee or other standardization bodies.

  • To assist manufacturers and other stakeholders, the ETSI CYBER Technical Committee has also released a technical report, ETSI TR 103621. [Note: PDF download]And the To provide guidance for the implementation of provisions in ETSI EN 303645.
  • To help develop other vertical standards, ETSI has created a model [Note: Word doc download] Providing a structured method for EN 303 645 extension of the vertical field.

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