3 Key Features To Keep Your Smart Home Safe
Under the latest rules, all IoT devices will have to follow certain security guidelines. Poorly secured devices can be a way for cybercriminals to gain access to the network. These measures have been developed by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) with recommendations from information security experts and product manufacturers.
The three rules to follow for sale in the UK include having unique passwords that are not resettable, having a public point of contact for users to report a vulnerability, and clearly declaring the minimum time the device will receive security updates.
While it has not yet been mentioned how these rules will be enforced, the government said that it would come into force ASAP. Since most devices are shipped with a default password which is almost never changed by the users, it becomes easy for the hackers to gain access. Knowing in advance just how long a product is certain to receive support from the manufacturer will help them determine the long-term implications of purchasing and using it.
The UK isn’t alone in attempting to secure the Internet of Things — ENISA, the European Union’s cybersecurity agency, is also working towards legislation in this area.
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