Lifting the cyber security of the Internet of Things

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The
Australian Government is seeking community and industry input on a voluntary
Code of Practice to improve the security of the Internet of Things for
consumers in Australia, including the security of everyday smart devices that
connect to the internet; such as smart TVs, watches and home speakers. 

With over 64 billion devices expected to be connected to the
internet globally by 2025, Minister for Home Affairs Peter Dutton said that
ensuring the security and integrity of these devices will enhance the way we
live and work.

“This rapid growth in connectivity brings significant
benefits to all Australians,” Mr Dutton said.

“However, many of these devices have poor cyber security features, posing risks to Australian families, our economy and national security. 

“The safety of Australians and the security of our economy is
paramount. That’s why the Morrison Government has developed a voluntary Code of
Practice to inform industry about the cyber security features expected of these
devices in Australia.”

The Code of Practice, consisting of 13 principles, was developed
drawing on the technical expertise of the Australian Cyber Security Centre
(ACSC). It also clearly aligns with guidance provided by the United Kingdom and
is consistent with other international standards.

“We’re releasing the Code of Practice for public consultation
because we want to ensure that the expectations of all Australians are met
regarding cyber security,” Mr Dutton said.

“Along with our Five Eyes partners we share the expectation
that manufacturers should develop connected devices with security built in by
design,” Mr Dutton said.

In acknowledgement of the global nature of this issue, the
Morrison Government co-signed a Statement of Intent regarding the security of
the Internet of Things with Five Eyes partners in London July 2019. 

The Government will also work with states and territories to
ensure an aligned and harmonious approach.

Further initiatives for lifting the security of the Internet of
Things will be explored through the 2020 Cyber Security Strategy.

Public consultation on the Code of Practice will run until 1 March 2020

The document and further information on the consultation is available at: https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/reports-and-publications/submissions-and-discussion-papers/code-of-practice  

Media Release 19/11/2019

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