The Cyber Resilience Act: Enhancing Cybersecurity for Digital Products in the EU

The Cyber Resilience Act: Enhancing Cybersecurity for Digital Products in the EU
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The focus of this article is to provide an insight into how Exein Analyzer and Exein Runtime, our Enterprise-Class Security Solutions, work together to provide comprehensive protection to your connected devices while adhering to the Cyber Resilience Act.

Stats show that  successful cyberattacks cost an estimated 5.5 trillion euros annually, making it one of the biggest threats facing businesses and individuals worldwide.

For this reason, the European Commission published the Cyber Resilience Act on September 15, 2022. This new legislation, which will be finalized by the end of 2023, aims to improve cybersecurity throughout the development and life cycle of products and establish a clear compliance framework.

Should you be concerned?

Absolutely, If you are involved in the production, import, or distribution of connected products with digital elements (e.g. smart sensors, smart cameras, mobile devices, network devices, etc.).

The Cyber Resilience Act states four specific objectives related to digital products:

1. Ensure that manufacturers improve the security of products with digital elements since the design and development phase and throughout the whole life cycle;

2. Ensure a coherent cybersecurity framework;

3. Enhance the transparency of security properties of products with digital elements;

4. Enable businesses and consumers to use products with digital elements securely.

All market sectors are concerned in a horizontal way except sectors where some other EU regulations already apply.

Exein Enterprise Solution: Ensuring Compliance with the Cyber Resilience Act and More

One of the key objectives of the Cyber Resilience Act  is to ensure that products reach the market with fewer known vulnerabilities and that security is maintained throughout their entire lifecycle.

Exein Enterprise ensures that your products are secured from the moment they are conceptualized to the moment they are retired.

Exein Analyzer helps identify vulnerabilities to determine your organization’s cyber posture, it evaluates and tests the security of your devices and containers prior to deploying them at scale.

On the other hand, Exein Runtime detects and addresses threats in real-time. This ensures that manufacturers can respond quickly to any potential threat and minimize the risk of a successful cyberattack guaranteeing embedded protection to your devices throughout their operational service.

Together they provide an IoT security solution that guarantees security before deployment and protection throughout the product’s entire lifecycle.

Another key aspect of the CRA is the need to improve Transparency regarding the security properties of products with digital elements. Our solution is Open-source, meaning that the source code is publicly available for anyone to view.

Open-source code is subject to security reviews, but in addition to “in-house” reviews by engineers tied to the project, is also subject to unsolicited security reviews that may be conducted by anyone in the world. Maximizing the level of visibility for all activities occurring within a digital product, including both the manufacturer and end user.

It also provides manufacturers with detailed reports and analytics, which can help them identify potential weaknesses in their products and take proactive measures to address them.

Furthermore, Exein Runtime is highly scalable, which means that it can be used to secure products at every stage of the development lifecycle. It is fully compatible with existing embedded devices and can be integrated into software solutions already on the field.

In addition to its compliance features, our solution is also incredibly versatile and can be customized to meet the needs of any business. The platform is highly modular, which means that businesses can pick and choose the features they need and integrate them seamlessly into their existing workflows. This makes it an ideal solution for businesses of all sizes and industries.

Overall, the European Cyber Resilience Act is a critical piece of legislation that aims to improve cybersecurity across the European Union. With Exein Enterprise, manufacturers can ensure that their products meet the first essential steps of the cybersecurity requirements set out in the CRA and other relevant legislation.

With its real-time threat detection, detailed analytics, and highly modular design, our solution is the perfect platform for businesses that want to stay ahead of the game and protect their products from cyber threats in today’s connected world.

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