New cybersecurity labelling scheme for connected devices to be launched this year (Channel News Asia)

A new cybersecurity labelling scheme to help consumers make informed purchasing choices about network-connected smart devices will be launched this year.

Introduced by the Cyber Security Agency of Singapore, the Cybersecurity Labelling Scheme (CLS) will address a “growing area of concern”, which is Internet of Things – devices such as home routers and home hubs, said Senior Minister of State for Communications and Information Janil Puthucheary on Tuesday (Mar 3).

“We expect that usage of these devices will proliferate even more going forward. This poses a challenge – these devices typically have weak security and can be exploited by attackers,” said Dr Puthucheary. “Users are often oblivious to these security risks and may not take adequate precautions to secure them.”

The scheme will also raise consumer awareness on more secure products and encourage manufacturers to adopt additional cybersecurity safeguards, he added.

The CLS is a first for the Asia-Pacific region and will first be introduced to two product types – WiFi routers and smart home hubs.

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Channel News Asia

3 March 2020

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