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Date: 
Thursday, September 10, 2020

Australia’s 2020 Cyber Security Strategy outlines the need for improved security practises for devices to reduce the risk of cyber compromise of Australia’s online community and critical infrastructure.

To support the strategy, the Department of Home Affairs released a Voluntary Code of Practice for industry on 3 September 2020, with a view to securing the Internet of Things (IoT) in Australia. [1]

 
Overview

The Code of Practice describes 13 principles, primarily targeted at:Department of Home Affairs releases the Voluntary Code of Practice for Securing the Internet of Things

  • Device manufacturers
  • IoT service providers
  • Mobile application developers, and
  • Retailers.

The Australian Government's  Cyber Security Strategy 2020 calls for government to work with businesses and international partners to consider options for better protecting customers by ensuring cyber security is built into digital products, services and supply chains. This reflects community expectations of product safety, and the risk of vulnerabilities spreading due to the increasing interconnection between devices.

 

Learn more with targeted implementation guidance from the Australian Cyber Security Centre: ‘How to implement the IoT Code of Practice guidance for manufacturers.’


1Australian Government, Department of Home Affairs- Joint media release ‘Lifting the cyber security of the internet of things: voluntary code of practice.’ (03 September 2020).