Wednesday, February 15, 2012

DECT Forum announces opening of DECT security certification program

BERNE, SWITZERLAND & AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS: The DECT Forum, the international association of the wireless home and enterprise communication industry, is pleased to announce the opening of the DECT Security Certification Program. With the Certification Program in place vendors have the possibility to have their DECT products verified against the latest security standards.

Early 2009 questions were raised in the media in various European countries about the security aspects of DECT equipment. It was shown that equipment from some vendors did not always have encryption switched on, thereby opening up the possibility of eavesdropping on conversations.

An international group of researchers acting under the name deDECTed had analyzed the DECT standard and discovered various shortcomings.

The DECT Forum acted upon this situation by creating a DECT Security Working Group with the task to improve the security aspects in the DECT standard as well as to create a Certification Program that allows DECT vendors to have their equipment certified against the improved standard. With the support of deDECTed as well as ETSI the DECT Forum created a roadmap consisting of several steps to improve security aspects. This led to the DECT standard being updated, the first step in that process was ratified by ETSI during 2010.

“The launch of the Certification Program allows DECT vendors to have their equipment security certified against the latest standard which allows them to assure their customers that their communications are secure,” says Roel Ottink, chairman of the Security Working Group.

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