The UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and Singapore’s Cyber Security Agency (CSA) have signed a strategic partnership deal focused on the Internet of Things (IoT).
The agreement, which aims to improve security level of smart consumer products, will see the two countries sharing initiatives and approaches, and exchange valuable information and experience.
The signed joint statement read: “We want to ensure that Internet-connected devices have security built in by design, and the public and industry are protected against related security threats, such as cyber-attacks, theft of personal data and risks to physical safety. At the same time, we must ensure that the IoT industry can continue to grow and innovate.”
By adopting a multilateral approach, both will work with international and regional partners that will include a host of industry and consumer groups to promote implementation of best practices as set out in the industry global standards. The software security updates will be developed and deployed facilitating protection throughout the lifetimes of IoT-related products used by consumers. Moreover, the statement further reads that manufacturers should define a support period for the fixing of vulnerabilities.
This is by no means the only nation-level agreement focused on the IoT right now. Last month, advanced units from the UK and the US militaries were reported to have teamed up for a joint experiment in which they will use British made autonomous systems. The UK’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, and the US Army Combat Capabilities Development Command’s Ground Vehicle Systems Centre, hosted the Coalition Assured Autonomous Resupply experiment at the Camp Grayling Joint Manoeuvre Training Centre in Michigan.
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