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TEC Unveils Code of Practice for Securing Consumer IoT

IoT is benefitted by recent advances in several technologies such as sensors, communication technologies (Cellular and non-cellular), AI/ ML, Cloud / Edge computing, etc.

Telecommunication Engineering Centre (TEC) has recently published a report “Code of Practice for Securing Consumer Internet of Things (IoT)” as a baseline requirement aligned with global standards and best practices.

TEC Code of Practice for Securing Consumer IoTThese guidelines will help in securing consumer IoT devices & ecosystems as well as managing vulnerabilities. This report is intended for use by IoT device manufacturers, Service providers/ system integrators and application developers, etc.

Internet of Things (IoT) is one of the fastest emerging technologies across the globe, providing enormous beneficial opportunities for society, industry, and consumers.

It is being used to create smart infrastructure in various verticals such as Power, Automotive, Safety & Surveillance, Remote Health Management, Agriculture, Smart Homes and Smart Cities, etc, using connected devices.

IoT is benefitted by recent advances in several technologies such as sensors, communication technologies (Cellular and non-cellular), AI/ ML, Cloud / Edge computing, etc.

As per the projections, there may be 26.4 billion IoT devices in service globally by 2026. Out of this, approximately 20% will be on cellular technologies. The ratio of Consumer and Enterprise IoT devices may be 45%: 55%.

As per the National Digital Communication Policy (NDCP) 2018 released by the Department of Telecommunications (DoT), an eco-system is to be created for 5 billion connected devices by 2022. Therefore, it is expected that around 60% of 5 billion i.e., 3 billion connected devices may exist in India by 2022.

Given the anticipated growth of IoT devices, it is important to ensure that the IoT endpoints comply with the safety and security standards and guidelines to protect the users and the networks that connect these IoT devices.

The hacking of the devices/networks being used in daily life would harm companies, organizations, nations and more importantly people, therefore securing the IoT eco-system end-to-end i.e., from devices to applications is very important.

Telecommunication Engineering Centre (TEC) under the Department of Telecommunications, is working in the IoT domain with multi-stakeholders’ participation and released sixteen Technical Reports.

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