Google backs new security standard for smartphone VPN apps


The Internet of Secure Things Alliance, an IoT security certification body (a.k.a. ioXt), has launched a new security certification for mobile apps and VPNs.

The new ioXt compliance program includes a ‘mobile application profile’ – a set of security-related criteria against which apps can be certified. The profile or mobile app assessment includes additional requirements for virtual private network (VPN) applications.

Google and Amazon had a hand in shaping the criteria, along with number of certified labs such as NCC Group and Dekra, and mobile app security testing vendors such as NowSecure. Google’s VPN within the Google One service is one of the first to be certified against the criteria.

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