Developers Of Smart Home Gadgets Urged To Secure Their Products In The UK. Hopefully The Rest Of The World Will Follow.
The UK has published a voluntary code of practice for manufacturers that shows how they can proof their creations against common attacks.
The reason for this is to stop the gadgets from being hacked and used for cyber attacks. Hive Centrica and HP have agreed to follow this code as the very first companies. This initiative by the government is meant to be followed mainly by the manufacturers of smart home gadgets, such as cameras, alarms, and doorbells.
This detailed code contains information and the 13 steps to be taken in order for the producers to develop better and more secure products. Ken Munro, a computer security expert, welcomed this move as a step in the right direction towards making connected gadgets more secure. California introduced some new laws as well for manufacturers which will be in force from 2020.
This approach by the UK focuses more on the supply chain in the manufacturing of these smart devices. Some other steps that could be taken to make sure the gadgets are as safe as possible are to draft compulsory laws for the companies to make better and more secure and give the consumers the right to return a product if it is found to be vulnerable.
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