Britain to ‘Kitemark’ electronic devices in the wake of Cyber Attacks


Government of Britain has decided to introduce a new ‘Kitemark’ system for electronic devices and websites as the populace of the United Kingdom are becoming super- vulnerable to cyber attacks.

As it is getting a lot more difficult for consumers to know whether the Internet of Things enabled devices or online website are safely holding their sensitive info, the nation is intending to put the onus on the device and website admins.

Last month, The British Standards Institution (BSI) has launched an initiative to help users of connected devices make a more informed decision on how well the devices and online services can be trusted.

Now, on recommending of National Cyber Security Center (NCSC) a cyber arm wing of GCHQ the government of Britain is all set to introduce the code of practice through which devices and online services are termed to be safe.

As of now, every household in the UK is holding more than 10 connected devices. So, in coming years hackers might exploit flaws in the IoT devices with a volume of attacks.

There is no doubt that the technology of connected devices brings in a bouquet of benefits. But at the same time, the IoT is as such that it can be exploited by hackers to gain imperative benefits.

Consequently, the government is thinking to Kitemark IoT devices and services from now to help consumers in quickly identifying which products they can trust to perform as expected.

BSI in association with few government officials from NCSC will be kitemarking the devices and services in 3 different ways.
Firstly, they will do in based on the usage purpose of residential or commercial setting and whether the gadget or service is being used on high-value or high-risk applications such as emulating itself in critical infrastructure.

If in case any of the company fails to live up to the standards then stringent action will be taken against it like shredding of its recognition from the market.

Naveen Goud
Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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