According to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport (DCMS), the UK government recently proposed new cybersecurity laws regarding Internet of Things (IoT) devices.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, more and more people are using smart devices, yet they remain highly vulnerable to cyber-attacks. Indeed, a recent study by the University College London showed that most electronic devices didn’t contain any information about security, making it easier for hackers to target phones and smart devices and steal data.
Thus, in order to address this security issue, the new law will force suppliers to inform users how long will their products receive security software updates. This legislation will then ensure that users know how long will their products be protected. It will also ban suppliers from selling devices with universal default passwords preset but will force them to give public contacts to report vulnerability easier.
The law should be introduced soon in the UK.