Leading tech companies support new Code of Practice designed to strengthen security of Internet-connected devices
In what’s described as a “world first”, the Conservative Government has published a raft of new measures specifically designed to help manufacturers boost the security of Internet-connected devices such as alarm systems.
There are expected to be more than 420 million such devices in use across the UK within the next three years, but poorly secured devices such as virtual assistants and smart watches can leave people exposed to security issues and even large-scale cyber attacks.
To combat this, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) set out plans to embed security in the design process of new technology rather than bolt it on as an afterthought.
As a result, a new Code of Practice has been developed with industry to improve the cyber security of devices, encourage innovation in new technologies and keep consumers safe.
David Lidington, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, said: “The National Cyber Security Strategy sets out our ambitious proposals to defend our people, deter our adversaries and develop our capabilities to ensure the UK remains the safest place in which to live and do business online. Tech companies like HP Inc and Centrica Hive Ltd are helping us to put in place the building blocks we need to transform the UK’s cyber security. I’m proud to say that the UK is leading the way internationally with our new Code of Practice to deliver consumer devices and associated services that are Secured by Design.”
Margot James, the Minister for Digital, added: “Internet-connected devices have positively impacted our lives, but it’s crucial they have the best possible security to keep us safe from invasions of privacy or cyber attacks. The UK is taking the lead globally on product safety and shifting the burden away from consumers having to secure their devices. The pledges by HP Inc and Centrica Hive Ltd are a welcome first step, but it’s vital other manufacturers follow their lead to ensure that strong security measures are built into everyday technology from the moment it’s designed.”