“IoT ‘endpoint’ devices increasingly constitute the frontline of cybersecurity” – the words of George Brasher, of HP Inc, on signing the world first new UK Code of Practice for Consumer IoT Security.
The government publication, geared to home-based personal technology, has implications for the workplace with specific personal devices increasingly used for business too.
George Brasher, HP Inc. UK managing director said: “Cyber-crime has become an industry and IoT ‘endpoint’ devices increasingly constitute the frontline of cybersecurity. At HP, we are reinventing the state of the art in device security to address modern threats.
“Today we design our commercial products with security built-in not bolted on, not only designed to protect, but also to detect and self-heal from cyber-attacks. We are delighted to be joining forces with the UK Government in our shared ambition to raise the bar broadly in consumer IoT device security, starting with the connected printers we are all used to at home.”
People are still the weakest link in the cybersecurity chain whether they be employees in an office or workplace or consumers in their own homes.
In the UK alone, in the next three years, there are expected to be more than 420 million internet-connected devices.
The Department for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport (DCMS) and the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) set out plans in a ‘Secure by Design’ review to embed security in the design process of new technology rather than bolt it on as an afterthought.
Minister for Digital, Margot James, said: “From smartwatches to children’s toys, internet-connected devices have positively impacted our lives but it is crucial they have the best possible security to keep us safe from invasions of privacy or cyber attacks.
“The UK is taking the lead globally on product safety and shifting the burden away from consumers having to secure their devices.“The pledges by HP Inc. and Centrica Hive Ltd 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.”
SAMSUNG has also signed up. Teg Dosanjh, Director of IOT, MDE & SmartThings, SAMSUNG, said: “As a global leader in connected technology, Samsung understands that privacy and security are of great importance to consumer trust in connected devices.
“We build market-leading cyber security into all our products and warmly welcome the Government’s desire to make connected devices as safe and secure as possible. We will continue to work with Government to develop these proposals and ensure the transformative potential of the Internet of Things is delivered safely for everyone.”
Provided we deploy it properly, therefore, the next wave of innovations should help to reduce human error and speed up manual processes in the workplace.