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Australia Releases Draft IoT Cybersecurity Code of Practice

By ZDNet

November 25, 2019

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The Australian government has issued a draft code of practice for Internet of Things (IoT) cybersecurity, with a public consultation to run until March 1, 2020.

The voluntary Code of Practice: Securing the Internet of Things for Consumers will apply to all IoT devices in the country, including "everyday smart devices that connect to the Internet, such as smart TVs, watches, and home speakers."

The code is founded on 13 principles, with the greatest priority given to a ban on duplicated default or weak passwords, the deployment of a vulnerability disclosure protocol with device manufacturers, service providers, and app developers, to have a public point of contact, and the provision of secure updates to software and firmware.

Minister for Home Affairs Peter Dutton said, "We're releasing the Code of Practice for public consultation because we want to ensure that the expectations of all Australians are met regarding cybersecurity."

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