Cyber 'rabbinate': Singapore launches cybersecurity labeling for smart devices

Singaporean government launches "label" indicating cybersecurity of smart devices. Every manufacturer or importer can request the label for the devices it sells  

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A new labeling program has been introduced in Singapore to indicate the cybersecurity level of home devices, with plans for the standard to be adopted internationally. The Cybersecurity Labeling Scheme (CLS) will be similar to energy labels, with graded reference to security levels that provide consumers with guidance for informed decisions.       

The program was launched Wednesday at the fifth ASEAN Ministerial Conference on Cybersecurity at Marina Bay Sands. The program will strengthen cyber security around Singapore's Internet of Things (IoT), and could raise global security standards of IoT devices.

"The scheme is the first of its kind in the Asia-Pacific. It establishes cybersecurity rating levels for registered smart devices, such as home routers and smart home hubs," a Singaporean government official said. "Manufacturers of IoT devices can voluntarily apply for the CLS." 

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