DesignLights Consortium Adds ioXt Alliance Certification Program to Recognized Cybersecurity Standards

Oct. 21, 2020
Inclusion of ioXt drives further commitment to advancing IoT security and safety for the commercial lighting industry.

NEWPORT BEACH, California October 21, 2020 – The ioXt Alliance, the Global Standard for IoT Security, announced today the DesignLights Consortium (DLC) has added ioXt security certification to its Networked Lighting Control System Technical Requirements (Version 5), also known as NLC5. Along with ioXt, NLC5 offers a full breakdown of all DLC-recognized cybersecurity certification options that are specifically designed for interior and exterior NLC systems associated with commercial and industrial buildings, roadways, and exterior environments.”

The DLC is a non-profit organization that drives energy efficiency in the commercial lighting sector, with a strong focus on quality for people and the environment. Adding ioXt as an option to the DLC’s Cybersecurity Standards list allows commercial lighting manufacturers to provide proof of cybersecurity standard compliance via an ioXt certificate or letter from one if its accredited testing organizations. 

“As buildings continue to evolve to become more connected, the commercial lighting industry is playing a big role in that transformation, including large-scale networked systems,” said Brad Ree, CTO of the ioXt Alliance. “While this has opened incredible opportunity across the globe, it has also created the immediate need for stronger security measures and industry-led standards practices that ensure all manufacturers and end users are protected from increased cyber harm. By including ioXt on the NLC5 list, the DLC and the Alliance are bringing 300+ companies together to define security specifications for smart home and buildings, and taking further steps that ensure greater transparency and reasonable security worldwide to achieve this.”

“A March 2020 Department of Energy (DOE) report stated that increased connectivity introduces cybersecurity risks that are new to the lighting industry and that must be addressed for successful integration with other systems,” said DLC Executive Director and CEO Christina Halfpenny. “The DLC’s efforts to mitigate these risks have grown and, based on broad stakeholder input over the past three years, NLC5’s new cybersecurity requirements seek to further boost customer confidence and increase NLC installations. The addition of ioXt as an option for manufacturers to test and secure devices is a natural step in this process.”

With increased demands for safer products, the ioXt Alliance has joined together major manufacturers, carriers, tech companies and various industry organizations to ensure device security for all end-users through its global standards. Devices are put through its rigorous Certification Program and are evaluated against each of the eight ioXt pledge principles, with clear guidelines for quantifying the appropriate level of security needed for a specific device, through either manufacturer attestation or through one of the Alliance's four Authorized Labs. Once a device passes the tests, it is given the ioXt SmartCert label.

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About the ioXt Alliance

The ioXt Alliance is the Global Standard for IoT Security. Backed by the biggest names in technology and device manufacturing, including Google, Amazon, T-Mobile, Comcast and more, the ioXt Alliance is the only industry led, global IoT device security and certification program in the world. Devices with the ioXt SmartCert gives consumers and retailers greater confidence in a highly connected world. 

About DesignLights Consortium

The DesignLights Consortium® (DLC) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to achieve energy optimization by enabling controllability with a focus on quality for people and the environment. The DLC promotes high-quality, energy-efficient lighting products in collaboration with utilities and energy efficiency program members, manufacturers, lighting designers, and federal, state, and local entities. Through these partnerships, the DLC establishes product quality specifications, facilitates thought leadership, and provides information, education, tools and technical expertise. 


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