Singapore’s Infocom media Development Authority (IMDA) begins a public consultation process in response to a preliminary IoT cybersecurity guide

25 Jan 2019

Singapore’s Info-communications Media Development Authority (IMDA) issued a draft version of an Internet of Things (IoT) Cyber Security Guide. The guide aims to promote the implementation of best cybersecurity practices for IoT devices among IoT developers and users. This preliminary version of the guide includes key principles of IoT security and recommendations for improving security. In addition, the IMDA has begun a process of public consultation in the matter, asking the public and the industry for their views and comments to be added to the next version of the guide.

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The Internet of Things (IoT) includes a wide range of Internet-connected devices, from highly digitalised cars, home appliances (e.g. fridges), and smart watches, to digitalised clothes that can monitor health. IoT devices are often connected in wide-systems, typically described as 'smart houses' or 'smart cities'.

Cybersecurity is among the main concerns of governments, Internet users, technical and business communities. Cyberthreats and cyberattacks are on the increase, and so is the extent of the financial loss. 

Yet, when the Internet was first invented, security was not a concern for the inventors. In fact, the Internet was originally designed for use by a closed circle of (mainly) academics. Communication among its users was open.

Cybersecurity came into sharper focus with the Internet expansion beyond the circle of the Internet pioneers. The Internet reiterated the old truism that technology can be both enabling and threatening. What can be used to the advantage of society can also be used to its disadvantage.

 

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