The Product Security and Telecommunications Infrastructure Act 2022 has been enacted into law, receiving Royal Assent on 6th December 2022, with businesses needing to be compliant with the Act by 29th April 2024.
The new law applies to all consumer IoT products, including connected safety-relevant products such as door locks, with a requirement for manufacturers, importers and distributors to ensure that minimum security requirements are met in relation to consumer connectable products that are available to consumers.
The national police security initiative, Secured by Design (SBD), launched the Secure Connected Device accreditation scheme in 2022 in response to the pending legislation, coupled with a growing demand from industry and current members seeking to gain SBD accreditation for IoT products.
The SBD Secure Connected Device accreditation scheme, developed in consultation with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS), helps companies to get their products appropriately assessed against all 13 provisions of the ETSI EN 303 645 standard, a requirement that goes beyond the Government’s legislation so that companies can not only demonstrate their compliance with the legislation but protects them, their products and customers. The SBD Secure Connected Device IoT Assessment identifies the level of risk associated with an IoT device and its ecosystem, providing recommendations on the appropriate certification routes with one of our SBD approved certification bodies.
Sold Secure, the Master Locksmiths Association (MLA) test house that is dedicated to reducing the risk of crime by the assessment of security products through manual attack testing, will be working with SBD to ensure that products that require it are certified to cover both mechanical and smart security.
Michelle Kradolfer, the Internet of Things (IoT) Technical Officer and the lead for Secured by Design’s Secure Connected Devices accreditation, said: “With the rise in IoT and smart devices being sold in the UK market, a popular one being smart locks, it’s important for companies to ensure their IoT products are built as securely as possible and an integral part of doing so is getting their products appropriately assessed and accredited.
“I am delighted to have Sold Secure, a leading test house within the lock industry, supporting our Secure Connected Device accreditation scheme and encouraging companies to focus on the cyber security side of their smart products as well. This sends a clear message to the wider industry on the importance of IoT security and the need to work together across the board to help keep UK consumers safe from the risk of a cyber breach.”
Sold Secure said: “For a long time the Master Locksmiths Association and Sold Secure has been unable to recommend IoT security devices simply because of the lack of security checks on the smart technology. Going forward Sold Secure will be happy to provide the physical testing and combine that with the SBD connected device testing and recommend these products”.
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