Secure by Design

The government is working to ensure consumer "smart" devices are more secure, with security built in from the start.

Connected consumer products represent a new chapter in how technology is becoming more common in our homes, making people’s lives easier and more enjoyable. As people entrust an increasing amount of personal data to online devices and services, the cyber security of these products is now as important as the physical security of our homes.

Cyber security is at the heart of the government’s approach to digital technology, and plays a critical role in ensuring people and businesses can benefit from the huge opportunities of technology.

We all increasingly rely on internet-connected devices to socialise, work and live out our lives. Consumers should be able to trust that those devices – whether they be watches, speakers, doorbells or baby monitors – are designed and built securely. The government advocates for strong security to be built into internet-connected products from the start. These products should be “secure by design”.

Call for views

On 21 April 2021 the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) published the government’s response to the call for views on proposals to regulate consumer connected product cyber security.


The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) has consulted on regulatory proposals regarding consumer Internet of Things security. The consultation ran from 1 May 2019 to 5 June 2019.

Guidance on how to implement security requirements

All you need to understand about the government’s guidelines on making IoT devices safe and secure for consumers to use.

For consumers

For developers of assurance and accreditation schemes

Please note the grant programme has now closed for applications.

Policy context, rationale and evidence

Published 28 February 2019
Last updated 21 April 2021 + show all updates
  1. Added details of the government response to the call for views, which was published on 21 April 2021, as well as new research reports.

  2. Updated to include call for views on proposals for regulating consumer smart device cyber security and new research documents.

  3. Added Pledges from industry to implement IoT Security Code of Practice.

  4. Added link to Government and tech industry collaborate to improve cyber security of IoT devices to the For manufacturers and retailers section.

  5. Added details of the consultation on the Government’s regulatory proposals regarding consumer Internet of Things (IoT) security.

  6. First published.