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On 30 April 2019, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, the National Cyber Security Centre and Which? held a roundtable meeting on the cyber security of consumer smart products with senior representatives of leading IoT manufacturers and retailers. The Government says that the purpose of the meeting was to hear the steps manufacturers are taking to secure their products and drive the adoption of security good practice.

The Government says that it was clear from discussions at the meeting that all participating manufacturers recognise the need to prioritise security in the design, development and ongoing support of their IoT products. Retailers in attendance highlighted the need for consumers to feel confident that the products they are purchasing are secure in order for the sector to thrive. There is a shared aim to make it easier for consumers to use their smart products securely, thereby reducing the burden to keep devices and personal data secure.

All of the firms in attendance committed to taking steps to ensure that effective security solutions are being implemented across IoT products on the market.

The Government says that it will continue to work closely with industry to “move the sector to a place where implementation of good practice, such as set out by the Code of Practice for Consumer IoT security and the ETSI TS 103 645, is commonplace”. To read the Government’s press release in full, click here.