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Securing IoT Devices for PSTI Compliance

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The Growth of Internet of Things (IoT) Devices is Transforming our Digital World

From smart thermostats to industrial sensors, IP cameras, and elevators, these innovations increase efficiency with new advancements. Yet, they also introduce significant security risks.

The UK has taken a leading role in enhancing IoT security with the UK’s Product Security and Telecommunications Infrastructure (PSTI) Act, effective April 29 2024. This law makes the UK the first country to require the removal of default usernames and passwords in IoT devices.

This step is key as the number of IoT devices is expected to reach over 29 billion by 2030. The known security flaws of IoT devices emphasize the need for stronger security measures. The PSTI Act is a benchmark for IoT manufacturers and could inspire similar regulations worldwide.

The security of IoT devices is complex, with each device posing a risk for cyber threats. The vast and fast-growing array of IoT devices are often ignored or not prioritized by organizations, making them more susceptible to cyberattacks. This issue underlines the importance of thorough visibility into all connected devices to strengthen an organization’s security posture.

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