IoT

Mozilla, Internet Society and Others Pressure Retailers to Demand Secure IoT Products

New initiative offers five principles for greater IoT security.

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.

Related Content:

Curtis Franklin Jr. is Senior Editor at Dark Reading. In this role he focuses on product and technology coverage for the publication. In addition he works on audio and video programming for Dark Reading and contributes to activities at Interop ITX, Black Hat, INsecurity, and ... View Full Bio

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
nicfaust
50%
50%
nicfaust,
User Rank: Apprentice
2/15/2019 | 10:51:12 AM
Re: Hi!
Looking forward to seeing more news from you.
Crowdsourced vs. Traditional Pen Testing
Alex Haynes, Chief Information Security Officer, CDL,  3/19/2019
BEC Scammer Pleads Guilty
Dark Reading Staff 3/20/2019
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Video
Cartoon Contest
Write a Caption, Win a Starbucks Card! Click Here
Latest Comment: This comment is waiting for review by our moderators.
Current Issue
5 Emerging Cyber Threats to Watch for in 2019
Online attackers are constantly developing new, innovative ways to break into the enterprise. This Dark Reading Tech Digest gives an in-depth look at five emerging attack trends and exploits your security team should look out for, along with helpful recommendations on how you can prevent your organization from falling victim.
Flash Poll
The State of Cyber Security Incident Response
The State of Cyber Security Incident Response
Organizations are responding to new threats with new processes for detecting and mitigating them. Here's a look at how the discipline of incident response is evolving.
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2019-6149
PUBLISHED: 2019-03-18
An unquoted search path vulnerability was identified in Lenovo Dynamic Power Reduction Utility prior to version 2.2.2.0 that could allow a malicious user with local access to execute code with administrative privileges.
CVE-2018-15509
PUBLISHED: 2019-03-18
Five9 Agent Desktop Plus 10.0.70 has Incorrect Access Control (issue 2 of 2).
CVE-2018-20806
PUBLISHED: 2019-03-17
Phamm (aka PHP LDAP Virtual Hosting Manager) 0.6.8 allows XSS via the login page (the /public/main.php action parameter).
CVE-2019-5616
PUBLISHED: 2019-03-15
CircuitWerkes Sicon-8, a hardware device used for managing electrical devices, ships with a web-based front-end controller and implements an authentication mechanism in JavaScript that is run in the context of a user's web browser.
CVE-2018-17882
PUBLISHED: 2019-03-15
An Integer overflow vulnerability exists in the batchTransfer function of a smart contract implementation for CryptoBotsBattle (CBTB), an Ethereum token. This vulnerability could be used by an attacker to create an arbitrary amount of tokens for any user.