IoT Cybersecurity: Taiwan Plans Ahead with Overt Outcome

Taipei, Taiwan

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Since the end of 2017, the Taiwan government has brought together the know-how and resources from the industrial elite, specialists in cyber security, and scholars in the field to work on “The IoT Cyber Security Standards and Testing Specification”, which was officially announced in mid-2018. Today, its proposition for IP Cameras is certified as being the national standard (CNS 16120: IP Cameras), while regulations on other network-connectable devices are still pending in application. These standards and regulations are made to help Taiwan-based manufacturers to design in discreet cyber security mechanisms within their IP Cameras, NVRs and DVRs.

Having not only contributed an outstanding performance to the fight against the Covid-19 corona virus epidemic, Taiwan has also worked to create an improved performance in the prevention of hacking of networkable video surveillance devices and systems.

(Left) It is the seal of Certification on “The IoT Cyber Security Standards and Testing Specification”  


The standards for Video Surveillance System Series (TAICS TS0014-1 v2.0—for IP Cameras, TAICS TS-0014-3—for DVR, and TAICS TS-0014-4 v1.0—for NVR) are said to be 72% compliant to the requirements of UL2900, according to III (The Institution for Information Industry), a think tank and R&D organisation for, the Digital Economy, Industrialisation and Talent Cultivation. The standards and regulations will be reviewed and updated under the supervision of III when any industrial feedback or market complaints are raised.

Based on the latest standards, in working with TAF(*1)-certified testing labs, TSSIA(*2) Industrial Association has got the governmental project to offer counseling service since 2018. Up to date, there are Twenty-two (22) Taiwan-based manufacturers (as shown below) received the service in improving the cyber security in design to their IP Cameras (benefit to 200 models+). Among them, among them, 11 companies have successfully passed their products through the strict Lab testing in compliance to the nation’s IoT Cyber Security Standards & Regulations.

As the number of cyber-attacks world-wide on IoT devices and consequently on video systems has been much more frequent and is growing at an unprecedented rate, and, bearing in mind, that the continually growing number of IP cameras shipped from Taiwan has reached a figure of 35% - 40% of the total number installed globally. The Taiwan government acknowledged the phenomenon and thus released the IoT cyber security standards and regulations. According to the regulations, there are eight professional testing labs being assessed and certified by TAF to assist customers (including governmental agencies) in supervision, ensure that networkable devices incorporate effective cyber protection and/or meet the nation’s standards and regulations.

With the experience, the TSSIA will, in working with selected TAF-certified testing Labs, TAICS, and III, as a serice window would like to extend the consultation and testing programme to companies overseas, to help enhance inspection of cyber security performance of products that are assigned for production in Taiwan.

Cyber security in IP Surveillance has been highlighted and recognised as a serious issue throughout the world, the policy will give impetus to the IP surveillance industry in Taiwan, enabling it to enhance its export business to the rest of the globe and also build a ‘safe and reliable digital land’ in the nation of Taiwan.

TAF(*1), The Taiwan Accreditation Foundation, is the only body in Taiwan recognised by the Government for the accreditation of conformity assessment against international standards. TAF is a full member of iLac-MRA. The ILAC Mutual Recognition Arrangement (ILAC MRA) provides significant technical underpinning to the calibration, testing, medical testing and inspection results of the accredited conformity assessment bodies and in turn delivers confidence in the acceptance of results.

TSSIA(*2),    Taiwan Safety and Security Industry Association(TSSIA) was established since Jan. 2005 with supported by the Industrial Development Bureau (IDB) MOEA in Taiwan, being a bridge between the Government bureau and the industry for cross-domain integration in the Taiwan safety and security industry.

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