UK govt, tech industry to collaborate on cyber security of IoT devices

Image: The UK govt and the tech industry join forces to improve cyber security of IoT devices. Photo: courtesy of Crown copyright.

The UK government and the tech industry in the country have agreed to collaborate for improving cyber security of Internet of Things devices (IoT devices).

In this connection, a roundtable meeting was convened recently by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) and Which? on the cyber security of consumer smart products. The meeting had participation from senior representatives of major manufacturers and retailers of IoT devices and was chaired by UK Digital and the Creative Industries Minister Margot James.

The objective of the roundtable was to hear the measures being taken by manufacturers in securing their products and towards adopting security good practice. According to the DCMS, it is now more crucial than ever for both the industry and the government to address the cyber security issues that could emerge from the increasing numbers of IoT devices being brought into homes.

The department said that participating manufacturers, such as Amazon, Legrand, Miele, Panasonic, Yale, Philips and Samsung, in the meeting identified the need to give priority to security in the design, development and ongoing support of their IoT devices.

Retailers, who had attended the meeting, stressed on the need for consumers to be confident that the products they are buying are secure, which in turn will help the sector to prosper.

The DCMS said that the government, the manufacturers and retailers have a shared aim to make it easier for the end-users to use their smart products securely and also for reducing the burden of securing their devices and personal data.

In a statement, the DCMS said: “All of the firms in attendance committed to taking steps to ensure that effective security solutions are being implemented across IoT products on the market.

“The UK Government will continue to work closely with industry to move the sector to a place where implementation of good practice, such as set out by the Code of Practice for Consumer IoT security and the ETSI TS 103 645, is commonplace.”

Earlier in May, the DCMS said that it had started consultations on regulatory proposals pertaining to consumer IoT security.

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