Xiaomi robot vacuum certified for cybersecurity

A robot vacuum mop developed by the Chinese consumer electronics brand Xiaomi has obtained a new certification standard for cybersecurity.

The Mi Robot Vacuum-Mop 2 was issued with the new standard after being certified by the testing and inspection company TUV Rheinland. TUV said it was the first product from the Mi Robot Vacuum Mop series to obtain certification from TUV based on the ETSI EN 303 645 standard.

The ETSI EN 303 645 standard, published in June 2020, was developed by the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) in collaboration with manufacturers, academia, and governments.

According to TUV, it is designed to provide an effective basic assessment method to prevent cybercriminals from controlling global devices, launching DDoS attacks, or spying on users, and lower the risk of personal data breach.

The standard assesses a product in relation to cybersecurity regulations and data privacy protection provisions. As part of the certification project, TUV conducted “an overall evaluation” of Mi Robot Vacuum-Mop 2 through both a comprehensive design evaluation audit and relevant security verification in accordance with the criteria of the standard.

Cui Baoqiu, vice president of Xiaomi and chairman of the Xiaomi security and privacy committee, said: “Xiaomi has always integrated the notion of protecting data security and privacy of every user across the world into the entire security development process, and adhered to the concept of 'Privacy by Design' and the principle of 'Security by Default'.

“In the future, we will continue to work hard to create a more intelligent and secure IoT platform.”