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7/3/2019
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D-Link Agrees to Strengthen Device Security

A settlement with the FTC should mean comprehensive security upgrades for D-Link routers and IP camera.

D-Link Systems, manufacturer of local area networking and smart home products, has agreed to implement a "comprehensive software security program" to settle litigation with the Federal Trade Commission.

According to allegations made by the FTC, D-Link claimed that its devices were secure, while in reality vulnerabilities in the company's routers and Internet-connected cameras left sensitive consumer information, including live video and audio feeds, exposed to third parties and vulnerable to hackers.

The FTC action stemmed from a 2017 complaint specifically mentioning D-Link routers and IP cameras. Specifically, the FTC complaint pointed out hard-coded login credentials for IP cameras and storage of mobile app credentials in clear text.

As part of the settlement, D-Link will implement security planning, threat modeling, and vulnerability testing before releasing new products. In addition, the company will monitor existing systems for security flaws, push automatic firmware updates, and create a program for accepting vulnerability reports from researchers.

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7/6/2019 | 8:37:04 AM
Setting Precidence
In addition, D-Link is required for 10 years to obtain biennial, independent, third-party assessments of its software security program. The assessor must keep all documents it relies on for its assessment for five years and provide them to the Commission upon request. The settlement also requires the assessor to identify specific evidence for its findings—and not rely solely on the assertions of D-Link's management. Finally, the order gives the FTC authority to approve the third-party assessor D-Link chooses. - FTC Site
Under this settlement, D-Link has the option to have the assessor certify its compliance with the secure product development standard set by the International Electrotechnical Commission, an international standard setting organization. If the company successfully obtains the necessary compliance certifications required of the standard, D-Link will be deemed in compliance with the order's comprehensive security program requirement. This provision, however, does not apply if D-Link provides any misleading or false information during its biennial audit or assessment process. - FTC Filing

 This rulling is setting precedence in the IT market, this is the first I have seen where a government entity sues a private sector organization for not having a heightened or more secure level of securing data and access to various devices. The question I have would be what is the criteria for meeting security compliance. Based on the rulings and findings, will the EC (Electrotechnical Commission) have standards that meet the following:
As part of the proposed settlement, D-Link is required to implement a comprehensive software security program, including specific steps to ensure that its Internet-connected cameras and routers are secure. This includes implementing security planning, threat modeling, testing for vulnerabilities before releasing products, ongoing monitoring to address security flaws, and automatic firmware updates, as well as accepting vulnerability reports from security researchers.

 This is good for the industry.

Todd
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