February 14, 2019
Mozilla Foundation, the Internet Society, and eight other organizations have teamed up to push retailers to demand that Internet of Things manufacturers improve security in their devices. The initiative seeks to enlist retailers to use their greatest power — that of dropping products from distribution — to convince manufacturers that adhering to minimum security and privacy standards is good for business.
In an open letter to Target, Walmart, Best Buy, and Amazon, the Mozilla Foundation lists the IoT security features it sees as minimal requirements:
Encrypted network communications
Provisions for security updates
Strong passwords (including the ability to change passwords)
Vulnerability management (including a workable reporting/mitigation system)
Strong, understandable privacy practices.
The requirements are echoed in a blog post from the Internet Society that calls on consumers to carry these demands to their favorite retailers.
In a statement provided to Dark Reading, Jeff Wilbur, technical director of the Internet Society's Online Trust Alliance, noted that connected devices today come with risks. "Consumer confidence is critical for this market to thrive and grow, yet many of today's offerings are rushed to market with little consideration for basic security and privacy protections," Wilbur said. "Fortunately, it's a solvable problem if everyone from manufacturers and policymakers to leading retailers just work together to make smart devices safe for consumers, and we're happy to join in the effort of the Mozilla Foundation to focus attention on this important issue."
The Mozilla Foundation has developed a Web page of Valentine's Day Gifts that may or may not meet all the security requirements laid out in the open letter. [Author's Note: The individual products featured on the page may or may not be suitable for workplace viewing.]
The recommended requirements for these IoT devices are a subset of their IoT Trust Framework, a best of requirements with four broad areas incorporating dozens of comprehensive security factors.
Join Dark Reading LIVE for two cybersecurity summits at Interop 2019. Learn from the industry's most knowledgeable IT security experts. Check out the Interop agenda here.
About the Author(s)
You May Also Like
Modern Supply Chain Security: Integrated, Interconnected, and Context-DrivenNov 06, 2023
How to Combat the Latest Cloud Security ThreatsNov 06, 2023
Reducing Cyber Risk in Enterprise Email Systems: It's Not Just Spam and PhishingNov 01, 2023
SecOps & DevSecOps in the CloudNov 06, 2023
What's In Your Cloud?Nov 30, 2023
Passwords Are Passe: Next Gen Authentication Addresses Today's Threats
What Ransomware Groups Look for in Enterprise Victims
Concerns Mount Over Ransomware, Zero-Day Bugs, and AI-Enabled Malware
Everything You Need to Know About DNS Attacks
Securing the Remote Worker: How to Mitigate Off-Site Cyberattacks