Foundational Security

Google Nest to Strengthen Its Commitment to IoT Security

Google Nest will test and validate security level of devices through the ioXt Alliance and make the results publicly available to consumers

The ioXt Alliance, the global standard for IoT security, today announced that as part of Google Nest’s new security commitments, Nest products released in 2019 or later will use the ioXt Alliance’s global security standards to test and validate their security. Google Nest is prioritizing consumer security and privacy by testing products in its suite of connected home devices against the ioXt Alliance’s rigorous security standards, with more devices to be added later in the year.

Focused on security, upgradability, and transparency, the eight ioXt pledge principles that the devices will be tested against include clear guidelines for quantifying the optimal level of security needed for a specific device within a product category. The first set of evaluations against the ioXt Pledge for Google Nest will be completed by NCC Group, one of the ioXt Alliance Authorized Labs, which will provide the third-party validation of device test results to ensure all products are cybersafe. Once a device meets or exceeds the requirements after testing, they will receive the ioXt SmartCert label. Google also has plans to publish the findings on its website once the testing is complete.

“We are thrilled to be able to work with Google Nest to further its commitment to security by providing the means for testing and third-party validation of their connected home products to ensure the safety of all device end-users,” said Brad Ree, CTO of the ioXt Alliance. “By complying with our standards and providing transparency of the results to consumers, they will be able to make informed decisions about their devices to better protect their personal information, which will lead to greater consumer confidence in the security of the Nest suite of products.”

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