New ICSA Labs Certification for Broadband Home Routers Aimed at Protecting Consumer Data

August 24, 2011

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           Actiontec Earns First Certification for Its Wireless Home Routers

ICSA Labs, an independent division of Verizon, is offering a new program under which manufacturers can have their broadband home routers certified. 

The program, Managed Broadband Home Router Certification, evaluates a router’s effectiveness in identifying safe versus harmful data, and then in denying access to malicious data.  Certified broadband home routers (BHRs), which are generally used to connect computers on a home network to the Internet, can offer consumers a higher level of security assurance.

ICSA Labs has awarded the first Managed Broadband Home Router Certification to Actiontec’s M1424WR family of wireless home routers, which includes MI424-WR Rev.E and MI424-WR Rev.F. 

 “While attacks targeted at routers are not a new threat, we are seeing an increase in attacks against broadband home routers,” said Brian Monkman, technology programs manager, ICSA Labs.  “This threat is exacerbated by the fact that all too often, consumers assume that these products, which are designed to be configured quickly and easily, have the appropriate safeguards in place.  Unfortunately, that is not always the case.”

Brian Henrichs, chief business development officer at Actiontec said, “It is important that a broadband home router is secure – right out of its box.  Consumers receiving a router -- such as an Actiontec managed router -- from their service provider that has been tested and certified by ICSA Labs can be confident in the security of their router.” 

As BHRs are considered a type of firewall appliance, the router certification program will launch as part of ICSA Labs’ Network Firewall Program, which was established in 1995 and evaluates the effectiveness and security measures of network firewalls.

The certification program was developed under ICSA Labs’ ISO 9001/IEC 17025 accredited framework, which verifies the organization’s quality-management systems and technical competence.

Visit ICSA Labs’ Managed Broadband Home Router Certification page for more information or to submit a product for testing.  Consumers interested in purchasing a certified BHR can visit ICSA Labs’ certified product page to determine whether the BHR is certified.

About ICSA Labs

ICSA Labs, an independent division of Verizon, offers third-party testing and certification of security products and network-connected devices, such as printers and faxes, to measure product compliance, reliability and performance to many of the world’s top security vendors. Visit http://www.icsalabs.com and http://www.icsalabs.com/blogs for more information. 

About Verizon

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About Actiontec Electronics

Actiontec Electronics develops broadband-powered solutions that connect people to the Internet, applications, and content they care about. Our products -- including gigabit Ethernet fiber routers, high-speed VDSL gateways, DSL modems, and home networking solutions -- are deployed by some of the largest telecom carriers in North America. We listen to our customers, delivering future-proof solutions that help them stay competitive today, and tomorrow, with faster access rates, advanced performance, and exciting applications. Our innovation has been recognized throughout the industry, with numerous awards. As a minority owned company, we're committed to the world we live in by promoting diversity among our employees and partners, and actively pushing a variety of green programs designed to reduce the carbon footprint of our company, and customers. Founded in 1993, Actiontec is headquartered in Sunnyvale, CA, and maintains branch offices in Colorado Springs, CO; Shanghai, China; and Taipei, Taiwan.