The development of IOT and SMART devices has been life changing for many smartphone users. Providing the opportunity to access information instantly and programme gadgets to operate through apps is both exciting and improves time efficiency.
Sadly, this new technology comes with its draw backs and compromising cyber security has been at the forefront of negative circumstances surrounding SMART devices. Hackers have sought to exploit vulnerabilities in products to access data and disrupt product processes.
As from April 2021 the UK government has published new guidance which gives more responsibility to manufacturers of IOT and SMART devices.
The aim is to boost security in SMART devices, with an aim to meet the government’s pledge to ‘Build Back Better’, following the pandemic.
The new guidance for the manufacture and purchase of SMART devices is as follows:
- At the point of sale, customers must be informed as to how long their products will be supported for in terms of receiving software security updates.
- Manufacturers will no longer be able to use default passwords. This will mean a complete ban on using obvious and guessable factory settings such as ‘admin’ and ‘password’.
- All manufacturers will be required to provide a public point of contact so that anyone can report a vulnerability.
The new law will be welcomed by customers who rely on these devices to carry out daily tasks in both work and personal circumstances. It also demonstrates how the UK are progressing to improve cyber security against its counterparts.
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