Australian devices may see cyber security ratings

Australian devices may see cyber security ratings
17 October 2017

A cyber security report issued by ANU and RAND Corporation in August could lead to a new consumer-rating system for internet-connected devices. The development comes amid growing worries about hacking of ordinary devices that range from personal computers to baby monitors and thermostats.

The Turnbull government is considering requiring technology companies to develop their own rating system in an effort to make Internet devices less vulnerable to cyber criminals, according to an article in the Brisbane Times.

ANU National Security College and RAND held cyber security simulations in December that focused on various hacking scenarios. This was followed by a report, launched by the Hon Dan Tehan MP, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Cyber Security, that outlined specific insights for Australian cyber-security policy and key recommendations for improvements that included:

  • creating and enforcing technology security standards
  • crafting international agreements to address cyber security challenges, and
  • improving risk awareness to keep users safe online.

A working group of Australian officials has been talking to the technology industry about voluntary standards and consumer rating, according to the news article. The government is poised to take actions designed to reduce vulnerabilities of internet-enabled devices if industry failed to take its own steps, Minister Tehan was quoted as saying.

The report, Exploring Cyber Security Policy Options in Australia, is available for free download.  

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