The Internet of Things (IoT) and the proliferation of connected devices can bring many benefits to consumers. Connected devices are convenient and simplify numerous aspects of consumers’ daily routines. For example, consumers can interact with a virtual assistant, use their energy more efficiently with the help of a smart thermostat or control the doors of their house remotely through a smart lock. However, from a consumer perspective, the widespread penetration of connected products in consumers’ lives is also a cause for concern. As the IoT ecosystem grows, the exposure of connected products to an eventual cybersecurity breach also increases.
In this opinion the advisory group says that the next European Commission should prioritise a mandatory “security by default and by design” rule. It would – among other things – require the manufacturers of connected products to incorporate cybersecurity functionalities appropriate for consumer IoT products from an early stage of and throughout their design process and before putting the products on the market.
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