Securing the Internet of Things: A Decisive Step Forward

In a world where smart devices have become ubiquitous, the UK government has taken a decisive step to prioritise security and protect its citizens from the growing threat of cyber attacks. The introduction of a new cybersecurity law aims to ensure that a wide range of internet-connected devices, from routers and fridges to printers and even toothbrushes, are designed and manufactured with security as a top priority.

Scope and Exclusions

The new law, as discussed by Lisa Ventura, MBA, during a recent event in Birmingham, UK, covers a broad range of products. However, it is important to note that there are some exclusions, such as:

  • Certain products supplied in Northern Ireland
  • Electric vehicle charge points
  • Medical devices (covered by separate UK legislation)
  • Smart meter products
  • Tablets and computers with cellular connectivity

These exclusions highlight the complexities involved in crafting comprehensive legislation that can effectively address the ever-evolving landscape of smart devices and the Internet of Things (IoT).

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Challenges and Vulnerabilities

One of the key challenges identified is the potential security risks associated with public charging stations and other shared access points. As Lisa points out, the responsibility for securing a device when plugged into such a public access point is often unclear, leaving users vulnerable to potential hacking attempts.

Moreover, the proliferation of “smart” devices, some of which seem questionable in their necessity, raises concerns about the potential security implications. The example of a “smart hairbrush” that connects to an app to provide feedback on hair brushing techniques underscores the need for a critical evaluation of the true value and security implications of such devices.

Shared Responsibility and Education

Lisa emphasises the importance of shared responsibility when it comes to securing one’s digital life. While the new UK law aims to hold manufacturers accountable, individuals must also take an active role in protecting themselves and their families.

The need for improved cybersecurity education and awareness is paramount. As Lisa notes, many people still have a “head in the sand” approach to security, underestimating the risks and the steps they can take to safeguard their digital assets.

Empowering Individuals and Businesses

To address this challenge, Lisa suggests the creation of educational resources and awareness campaigns that can empower individuals and businesses to take proactive measures. This includes simple steps like enabling two-factor authentication, keeping software up-to-date, and being vigilant against phishing attempts.

By fostering a culture of cybersecurity awareness and personal responsibility, the UK government and cybersecurity experts can work together to ensure that the benefits of the IoT are not overshadowed by the risks.


The new UK cybersecurity law represents a significant step forward in protecting citizens from the growing threat of cyber attacks. However, its success will depend on a multi-faceted approach that involves manufacturers, policymakers, and individual users working together to secure the digital landscape. By embracing a shared responsibility and empowering everyone to take an active role in cybersecurity, the UK can lead the way in creating a safer and more resilient digital future.

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