USA: Chinese air conditioning manufacturer, Midea, is the first company in China to achieve an IoT security rating from global safety certification company, UL.
The silver level ratings, as evaluated by UL, demonstrate that four of Midea’s air conditioning and dehumidifier product lines use industry best practices for IoT cybersecurity.
The rating is said to demonstrate baseline security capabilities across all connected products under Midea’s window air conditioner, split air conditioner, portable air conditioner and dehumidifier product lines. These product lines were assessed to silver level according to their implementation of vital baseline security capabilities, such as no default passwords, secure updates and connections, access controls and product security maintenance, among others.
UL’s IoT Security Rating for consumer IoT products categorises products according to an ascending five-level scale: Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum and Diamond. Verified products receive a UL Verified Mark and are evaluated on an ongoing basis.
“We are committed to helping our customers enjoy their homes, and ensuring the security of our connected products is an essential part of that commitment,” said Hsiang-Chih Hsu, Midea’s IoT chief security head.