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The UK government has published a Proposed Code of Practice for Security in Consumer IoT Products and Associated Services promoting a “secure by design” approach to designing, manufacturing and delivering internet-connected products and services. The Proposed Code forms part of the government’s National Cyber Security Strategy (2016-2021) and complements the government’s focus on making the UK a center of excellence for technological innovation through, amongst other things, its IoT UK Programme, funding research and innovation in IoT. While the Code was developed in consultation with industry, the UK government intends to make some of the guidelines enforceable through regulation. The government is seeking public comment on the Proposed Code through April 25.

The rapid proliferation of internet-connected products and services is providing exciting opportunities for business innovation and economic growth. However, it also brings concerns for governments and consumers about the potential cybersecurity risks. The UK government therefore is taking a close look at IoT devices and their associated security risks, including microphones or cameras recording individuals within their homes, compromised connected home-heating or appliances threatening physical safety, and hacked access control systems allowing burglars easy access to your home. It is against this backdrop that the government is encouraging industry to assist in combatting cybersecurity threats through the design and support of products and services.
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