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Secure by Design

Resources and information relating to the government’s Secure by Design agenda for securing consumer smart devices.

Key announcements

A call for views on proposals for regulating consumer smart device cyber security is currently live, closing at 23:59 on Sunday 6 September.

The Internet of Things (IoT) represents a new chapter of how technology becomes 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 by design.

Call for views

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) has launched a call for views on proposals for regulating consumer smart device cyber security. The call for views is currently live, closing at 23:59 on Sunday 6 September.

Consultations

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 16 July 2020 + show all updates
  1. Updated to include call for views on proposals for regulating consumer smart device cyber security and new research documents.

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

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

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

  5. First published.