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New IoT law to feed into DTG’s Secure by Design scheme

29/01/20

This week, the government announced new legislation intended to strengthen the security standards of internet-connected household devices sold in the UK. This will feed in to our Secure by Design cyber security conformance scheme that we announced late last year.

This new law will complement the government’s voluntary Secure by Design Code of Practice for Consumer Internet of Things (IoT) security that was introduced in 2018. The specifications for our Secure by Design (SBD) conformance scheme will be based on this Code.

As part of the proposed law, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) have identified three security requirements that all consumer smart devices sold in the UK will need to comply with:

  • All consumer internet-connected device passwords must be unique and not resettable to any universal factory setting
  • Manufacturers of consumer IoT devices must provide a public point of contact so anyone can report a vulnerability and it will be acted on in a timely manner
  • Manufacturers of consumer IoT devices must explicitly state the minimum length of time for which the device will receive security updates at the point of sale, either in store or online

Connected devices are becoming a more common feature within the household – penetration in the UK has nearly doubled over the last 20 years. One connected device that the consumer market is becoming especially familiar with is the smart TV. Our scheme will certify that smart TV devices meet the cyber security guidelines laid out by the government. It also aims to offer consumers and retailers the confidence that their smart TV devices are protected against cyber attacks.

We are working with the industry, with the support of Connect Devices Ltd., DCMS and the National Cyber Security Centre, to develop the SBD scheme. In addition, we have been working alongside the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) to develop the technical standards (ETSI TS 103 645 and EN 303 645) that will help manufacturers to achieve compliance.

We will be producing a full list of protected consumer electronics for the TV industry.

Alex Buchan, our Head of Wireless Technologies, said:

“Smart TVs are commonplace in today’s homes and as such they have to be upheld by the highest standards of cyber security. Through its independent verification of the Government legislation, the DTG’s Secure by Design conformance scheme will provide a building block to a culture of cyber security awareness benefiting consumers, retailers and manufacturers alike.”

Written by DTG Team
 

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