|Smart to be safe|
‘Smart’ devices such as televisions, toys & speakers will be expected to have built-in tough new security measures that last the lifetime of the product, as part of plans to keep the nation safe from cyber threats.
Estimates show every household in the UK owns at least 10 internet connected devices and this is expected to increase to 15 devices by 2020, meaning there may be more than 420m in use across the country within three years.
Poorly secured devices threaten individuals’ online security, privacy, safety, and could be exploited as part of large-scale cyber attacks. Recent high-profile breaches putting people’s data & security at risk include attacks on smart watches, CCTV cameras and children’s dolls.
Developed in collaboration with the National Cyber Security Centre, manufacturers & retailers the Government’s Secure by Design review lays out plans to embed security in the design process rather than bolt them on as an afterthought.The Government will work with industry to implement a rigorous new Code of Practice to improve the cyber security of consumer internet-connected devices & associated services while continuing to encourage innovation in new technologies.