ASUS has officially received the highest rating from Singapore’s Cybersecurity Labeling Scheme which is one of the world’s most stringent rating systems.
The products in question are the 4 routers of TUF Gaming AX5400, TUF Gaming AX3000, RT-AX82U, and RT-AX58U alongside 1 mesh system which is the ZenWifi XD6 running a pair of AX5400 WiFi 6 routers. This is not the first time they’ve received this award though, as last year the ROG Rapture GT-AX11000 and ASUS RT-AX88U were the first two products getting the Level 4 rating. Combining with the aforementioned 5 and it is the lucky number 7 for ASUS.
To give you a reference point and context, the Cyber Security Agency of Singapore launched the Cybersecurity Labeling Scheme (CLS) which is the first in the Asia Pacific Region to properly gauge the number of protection measures included in electronic devices and there are 4 tiers available with each higher tier includes the lower tier cumulatively on top of its own requirements:
- Level 4: Undergone structured penetration tests by approved third-party testing labs
- Level 3: Undergone assessments of software binaries by approved third-party testing labs
- Level 2: Developed using principles of Security-by-Design including but not limited to conducting threat risk assessment, critical design review, and acceptance tests
- Level 1: Enforcing unique default passwords and consistent software updates
So how did ASUS manage to get official recognition even from the likes of Singapore? Well, first thing first. Most ASUS routers and WiFi mesh systems utilize the ASUS AiProtectoin Pro technology powered by Trend Micro to provide enterprise-grade network security with privacy protection throughout the lifetime of the device for free that packs things like advanced parental controls, IoT security, cloud-based DNS filtering, Safe Browsing and more. Additionally, the Instant Guard technology even properly secures each WiFi connection via VPN tunneling in cases where the routers are deployed as public access points.