Australian Government Releases Voluntary Code of Practice for IoT

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Australian Government Releases Voluntary Code of Practice for IoT

Currently, many IoT-devices have poor cyber security settings. The Australian government notices, that this will leave Australians vulnerable to cyber risks. Now the Australian Government released a paper with the title “Voluntary Code of Practice: Securing the Internet of Things for Consumers”.
The Code of Practice is meant to be a first step towards lifting the security of IoT-devices in Australia. It is intended for industry, but due to the authors, everyone has a role to play in improving cyber security in the Internet of Things. The Australian Signals Directorate’s Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) has also developed an IoT-guide to help individuals, families and small and medium businesses buy, use and dispose of Internet of Things devices securely.
The Department of Home Affairs and the Australian Signals Directorate held nation-wide consultation to inform the development of the Code of Practice. Workshops were held across the country to seek views from industry and the community. Written submissions were also received. These reflected the views of over 4,640 organizations from all sectors, including critical infrastructure providers, cyber security companies, government bodies, domestic and international consumers and not-for-profit advocacy groups.
A summary of the public consultation is available here. A PDF of the “Code of Practice” can be downloaded here.

Author: Rainer Claaßen
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