In the competitive marketplace, vendors are encouraged to promote their solutions through product certification which includes a review and testing process by an independent third party to validate that a product meets certain criteria stipulated in contracts, regulations, or design specifications. Business customers and consumers always seek independent verification and information about security products as well as the security of products they plan to acquire for business and personal use.
Identity Management Institute offers a variety of product certification options. Whether you are interested in the certification of a security product or the certification of a product’s security, you have come to the right place. IMI is a global security certification organization which offers professional certifications, product training and certification, as well as program certification. This page lays out our product certification methodology.
Within our product certification vertical, we offer two sets of certifications: Security product certification such as Identity and Access Management solutions offered by IAM vendors, and, certification of a product’s security in the expanding Internet of Things (IoT) market.
Product Certification Process
IMI offers a full range of product testing and certification services including pre-assessment, gap analysis, and final testing for certification by experts.
IMI certification assures vendors, distributors, regulators, and consumers that an independent organization has reviewed a product’s security features, performance, or compliance and determined that the product works effectively in accordance with specs and requirements. From extensive security product and performance analysis to product security and conformity with various requirements, we evaluate every aspect of a product under the specific certification path.
Type of Products
Security products – Many companies deploy security products from a vast number of available choices in a competitive marketplace. Identity and Access Management products continue to be among the fastest growing and most competitive cybersecurity segments.
IoT products – Many vendors are introducing IoT products for households and businesses which are being adopted quickly by the society. However, these devices introduce very high security risks which need to be validated. Also, IoT developers should consider a product security training to teach consumers how to fully leverage the security features of their products.
Types of Security Certification
Features – ensures that product includes major security features and controls
Performance – ensures that the product security works as intended
Conformity – ensures that the product meets requirements and claim specs
Product Certification Benefits
Both product manufacturers and consumers can achieve a set of benefits from a product certification including:
- Increase brand recognition
- Gain consumer trust
- Increase product’s credibility
- Educate consumers about security features
- Obtain validation by an independent party
- Ensure stated product specs map to claims
- Comply with regulations
- Validate performance through testing
- Promote your product through certification claim agreements
Why Identity Management Institute
Identity Management Institute has been developing certification programs for the cybersecurity industry with a focus on Identity and Access Management for many years. The IMI certification mark provides proof that your product has been independently tested by a global certification body and meets the security certification purpose.
If you’re looking for a partner to guide you through your product testing and certification project from start to finish, or a way to distinguish your product from others, we can help.
Interested audit organization may register with IMI and become an approved certification body to audit and certify products. Accreditation ensures that registered certification bodies follow a pre-approved audit and certification approach designed by IMI. By joining IMI, registered audit organizations will gain the confidence of their clients and receive referrals by being listed on IMI website as registered auditors.