U.K. plans to introduce laws regulating security of consumer IoT devices

May 3, 2019
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by Josh Kern
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Digital Minister Margot James outlined a set of standards IoT device manufacturers would need to follow to have those devices labeled as "secure" in retail shops. The measures include ensuring devices cannot be factory reset to a universal password and explicitly stating the minimum lifetime the manufacturer will support security updates. The government is further considering options to mandate retailers to only sell devices with the "secure" label. The government's regulations will be easy for established IoT players to conform to and may have a stronger impact on knockoff devices with little support. Device makers should incorporate security measures beyond the regulations, including hardware-level device encryption and identification.

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