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DigiCert Root CA approved for Matter device attestation
Fri, 14th Oct 2022
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DigiCert, the provider of digital trust, has announced its Root Certificate Authority (CA) is approved by the Connectivity Standards Alliance (Alliance) for Matter device attestation. 

As the first Matter-approved root CA, also known as a Product Attestation Authority (PAA), DigiCert can now provide rapid time to market for smart home manufacturers looking to earn the Matter seal on their products.

A multi-year participant in the Matter protocol, DigiCert contributed its expertise to the security and attestation components of the standard and has the scalable technology to enable an efficient path to compliance.

“The introduction of Matter to the smart home industry is an exciting move that improves interoperability between devices and raises the bar for security, creating a more efficient and secure experience for consumers,” says Mike Nelson, Vice President of IoT Security, DigiCert.

“DigiCert has been involved in building the Matter standard for several years, and we’ve already helped many leading companies evaluate their device attestation procedures using our test Certificate Authority. Now, with our PAA approved for production, we are ready to help customers save time in achieving Matter security compliance.”

Nelson also elaborated on all the benefits Matter participants may gain by partnering with DigiCert.

“It will accelerate the time to market in achieving Matter compliance. It will save money by avoiding the costs of technology, maintenance, staffing and ongoing compliance. The participants will also enjoy flexible deployment options, including on-premises, hosted or batch issuance,” he says. 

“Our offering simplify management of device attestation certificates and product attestation intermediates through the DigiCert IoT device manager. Finally, the participants gain efficiencies using a scalable platform to sign and secure device updates.”

DigiCert is a provider of digital trust, enabling individuals and businesses to engage online with the confidence that their footprint in the digital world is secure. 

DigiCert One, the platform for digital trust, provides organisations with centralised visibility and control over a broad range of public and private trust needs, securing websites, enterprise access and communication, software, identity, content and devices. 

DigiCert pairs its award-winning software with its industry leadership in standards, support and operations; and is the digital trust provider of choice for leading companies worldwide.

Notably, Matter is an industry-led effort bringing together the world’s leading manufacturers to achieve secure, reliable and seamless use of smart home devices. 

Matter enables IP-based networking and communication across smart home devices, mobile applications and smart home ecosystems. 

Matter devices offer consumers assurances of secure use through a consortium-led standard for authenticating device identity that only allows Matter-certified devices to connect to the network.

“DigiCert has been an integral part of the development of the attestation policy for the Matter release and its inherent improvements in the security of the IoT space,” says Chris LaPre, Director of Technology at the Connectivity Standards Alliance. 

“Device attestation allows existing Matter devices to locally confirm new ones when they have been recognised by the local network, and quickly remove non-compliant devices when needed. Consumers are no longer under the burden of ensuring new devices are secure; it happens automatically.”