Magazine article Information Management

IoT Is Easily Hackable Today; EC Hopes to Change That

Magazine article Information Management

IoT Is Easily Hackable Today; EC Hopes to Change That

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Lauren Cerulus of Politico recently reported on efforts by the European Commission (EC) to stem the growing threat of denial-of-service attacks on the billions of devices connected to the Internet. Currently, when consumer goods that make up the Internet of Things (IoT) are hacked, their manufacturers face no legal action in Europe because there is no legislation for it.

But after being the victim of a denial-of-service attack last fall, the EC and European Parliament are taking such threats more seriously.

The EC is crafting a "trust label" for IoT products that would inform customers if they're buying something that's hackable. Further, the e-privacy regulation that's working through Parliament could also affect how some products, such as voice-controlled applications, approach their communications data.

According to Cerulus, the EC also hopes to propose legislation on cybersecurity certifications this year to support the voluntary standards that have been put in place by the mobile industry association and other corporate interests. …

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