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Published on January 28th, 2020 | by The GC Team

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Government to strengthen security of internet-connected products

New legislation to improve security standards of internet-connected household devices to protect tens of millions of product users has been announced by Digital Minister Matt Warman.

The sale of connected devices is on the rise, with research suggesting there will be 75 billion internet connected products such as televisions, cameras, home assistants and their associated services in homes around the world by the end of 2025.

Now, plans drawn up by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) will make sure all consumer smart devices sold in the UK adhere to the three security requirements for the Internet of Things:

  1. All consumer internet-connected device passwords must be unique and not resettable to any universal factory setting
  2. Manufacturers of consumer IoT devices must provide a public point of contact so anyone can report a vulnerability and it will be acted on in a timely manner
  3. Manufacturers of consumer IoT devices must explicitly state the minimum length of time for which the device will receive security updates at the point of sale, either in store or online

Mr Warman said the Government wants to make the UK the safest place to be online with regulation that breeds confidence in modern technology.

“Our new law will hold firms manufacturing and selling internet-connected devices to account and stop hackers threatening people’s privacy and safety. 

“It will mean robust security standards are built in from the design stage and not bolted on as an afterthought.”

The measures were developed in conjunction with the business industry and the National Cyber Security Centre and set a new standard for best practice requirements for companies that manufacture and sell consumer smart devices or products.  

The Government said it aims to deliver this legislation “as soon as possible”.

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