The antivirus and internet security company ESET, which brings up the cyber risks that may be caused by internet-connected devices from time to time, drew attention to the fact that various countries have taken action to find solutions in this regard.
British Minister of Digital and Creative Industries, Margot James, has proposed legislation that would set out a new labeling system to demonstrate how secure each IoT product is, Tony Anscombe, ESET’s Global Security Representative, reported.
Accordingly, in order to obtain the required label, IoT devices; must have a unique password by default, clearly specifying how long security updates will be available. In addition, manufacturers must provide a public point of contact for the vulnerability to be discovered.
Going into effect in California in 2020
As part of the UK’s bid to become the global leader in online security, the initiative is following the path of legislation that will go into effect in the State of California in the United States in 2020 banning weak passwords on internet-connected devices.
Will legislation be the solution?
“Both the proposed UK legislation and the California legislation that is expected to come into effect are steps in the right direction. At the very least, it will enable manufacturers to consider security when developing an IoT product,” says ESET Global Security Representative Tony Anscombe.
Education is a must!
Tony Anscombe continues his questioning: “A few years later, you take a brand new IoT device into your home, you see on the label that it has a unique password and will receive updates for five years. For the first use of the devices and for convenience, you set the password the same as the passwords on all other devices in the house, plug the device and experience the convenience of its functionality. When the manufacturer sends an email notification that a firmware update is available, assuming you’ve registered the device, you’ll probably delete that email thinking ‘the device is working, why would I update something that works’. Therefore; As legislation strives to make devices safer out-of-the-box, it is also true that consumers need education and collaboration to make them safer in their homes.”
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