A UK government report has introduced new laws to protect Internet of Things (IoT) devices from cyberattacks. The bill will require device makers to comply with cybersecurity standards. In addition to addressing cybersecurity risks, the legislation will also require a unique password and a vulnerability disclosure program. It is the first step in a series of steps that are aimed at improving consumer and business security.
Manufacturers and distributors
The new legislation was announced by the UK government today. The intention is to slow the growing number of connected devices that are vulnerable to attack. According to the Digital Minister, many consumer products are insecure, putting consumers’ privacy at risk. The new laws will require manufacturers and distributors to build security features into their products. Hopefully, this will prevent a lot of these attacks from occurring.
The new legislation will also require manufacturers to tell consumers how long they will receive security updates. Those who fail to do so will have to face massive fines, ranging from PS10m to 4% of their global turnover. If a company breaches the new legislation, it may be forced to recall, halt sales or even stop supplying products.