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Security vulnerabilities built into many smart devices have kickstarted the debate about how government or industry regulations could help the situation. In the US, legislation has been introduced that would mandate certain standards be reached for devices to be purchased by the Federal government. This would create a knock-on security impact as device manufacturers would have to make a more secure device for Federal government customers – and this certification could be hawked to other consumers.
In the EU, the European Commission has its AIOTI – the Alliance for Internet of Things Innovation – a working group that would like to expand product labeling standards – such as currently show energy consumption – to include smart devices.
Yet another self-regulatory concept would harness independent testing organizations such as the American Underwriters Laboratories or the German Stiftung Warentest.
However, all of these options are still in their earliest stages – you are still on your own when it comes to shopping for a secure smart device. The only practical recourse available at this time is to do an online search to root out any security issues connected to a particular model or manufacturer. You might even take a look at the Krebsonsecurity shortlist of problematic devices. However, this DIY approach won’t uncover generic smart home components that have been built into an overall system.
When it is impossible to adequately secure smart devices, it’s time to secure the connection to the home and monitor what they are doing. This is what we have done with our new SafeThings system. SafeThings stands at the gateway to your home’s internet connection and with the help of Avira’s AI and secure cloud technologies, sorts out who is doing what and looks out for any unusual activities. You can think of this as a smart cat door for your electronic smart pets. And because it’s mounted either within the router or at the ISP, there are no installation headaches for you as the end user.