UK Government announces new security by design guidelines for IoT devices


The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) have published new measures to combat the insecurity of the Internet of Things, a recent news report has been able to suggest.

As part of these measures, embedded security measures will become a must, as opposed to a bolt-on or extra to be configured at a later date.

The Code defines 13 guidelines for manufacturers, service providers, developers and retailers to implement in order to ensure that IoT products are safe to use. They are:

  • No default passwords
  • Implement a vulnerability disclosure policy
  • Keep software updated
  • Securely store credentials and security-sensitive data
  • Communicate securely
  • Minimise exposed attack surfaces
  • Ensure software integrity
  • Ensure that personal data is protected
  • Make systems resilient to outages
  • Monitor system telemetry data
  • Make it easy for consumers to delete personal data
  • Make installation and maintenance of devices easy
  • Validate input data

Minister for Digital Margot James said that these pledges are “a welcome first step,” but “it is vital other manufacturers follow their lead to ensure strong security measures are built into everyday technology from the moment it is designed.”

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