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Taiwan’s IoT Security Initiative for a Connected World

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Concerns regarding cybersecurity are growing as the Internet of Things (IoT) is used more often, particularly regarding safeguarding the confidentiality of personal information and ensuring the security of network connections, hence, the Bureau of Standards, Metrology, and Inspection (BSMI), Taiwan’s key regulatory organisation, has recognised the critical necessity to confront these cybersecurity threats head-on.

To reduce vulnerabilities and boost consumer confidence in the rapidly developing IoT market, BSMI has taken proactive steps by introducing cybersecurity requirements within its Voluntary Product Certification (VPC) programme, focusing on four types of IoT devices: “smart poles,” “renewable energy system inverters,” “electric vehicle charging systems,” and “elevator control system equipment.”

In the development of IoT technology, the incorporation of cybersecurity requirements in the certification procedure is a crucial turning point. These requirements focus on five crucial facets of IoT device security: physical security, system security, firmware updates, communication security, and identity authentication and authorisation mechanism security. They are in line with global best practices.

These standards represent a commitment to protecting user privacy and preserving the integrity of IoT networks; they go beyond simple technical requirements. These steps are essential to preserving confidence among customers, company operators, and stakeholders in an age where interconnected ecosystems depend on data sharing.

The VPC certification service from BSMI is essential for guaranteeing the security and safety of IoT devices. This service confirms that IoT devices adhere to the exact safety and security standards set out by the certification guidelines. Operators of businesses seeking certification may submit test results and/or factory inspection reports from conformity assessment bodies that BSMI has designated in their application to BSMI.

It is impossible to exaggerate the significance of this accreditation. It demonstrates a commitment to cybersecurity best practices in addition to validating the performance and security of IoT devices. Customers may be confident that certified products have passed thorough testing and adhere to high-security standards.

Customers are urged to take prompt action by stopping device usage and reporting the problem to the original makers in the event of abnormal conditions or suspected security breaches while using IoT devices. In addition to guarding against unauthorised access, this proactive method also stops the leakage of important data and potential accidents.

Consumer education is a crucial part of IoT security, according to BSMI. To achieve this, they have developed materials to aid users in selecting and using IoT devices intelligently. The product safety section of the BSMI website ( offers useful details on the operation and functionality of IoT devices.

Additionally, customers can get more information and advice by calling the toll-free number 0800-007123. These tools are created to provide users with the power to choose wisely in a technology environment that is continually changing.

It is crucial to put cybersecurity first as the IoT keeps spreading quickly into all facets of Taiwan, hence, a significant step towards ensuring user privacy and network security is being taken by BSMI’s pledge to integrate cybersecurity standards into its VPC programme for IoT devices.

BSMI is playing a crucial part in securing the IoT environment by supporting certification, fostering awareness, and guaranteeing quick responses to security threats. The agency believes that it is critical for the country to embrace the possibilities of IoT, with safety and security serving as guiding principles for consumers, businesses, and governments.


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