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The Impact of IoT on Cyber Risk

Secured by Design’s (SBD) Internet of Things (IoT) Technical Officer Michelle Kradolfer will be a panellist on The Sense Consortium’s online event "The Impact of IoT on Cyber Risk” in December.

Michelle, who is the lead for SBD’s newly launched Secure Connected Devices accreditation, graduated from Middlesex University with a Master of Cyber Crime and Digital Investigation (with Distinction). She has worked as an intern at INTERPOL, with the Research and Innovation team within the Cyber Innovation & Outreach Directorate, and as a Cyber Development Officer with the Police Digital Security Centre.

The Sense Consortium’s online event "The Impact of IoT on Cyber Risk” will take place from 16:00 - 17:30 on Wednesday 7th December.

The panellists will be discussing whether the deployment of IoT devices increases cyber risk and if so, what can be done about it? Register for your place here:

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Michelle said: “Life and business in the 21st century is increasingly reliant on being connected to the internet, with the IoT landscape developing drastically over the last decade. We are buying more devices and more things have become smart - whether it is a doorbell, smart lock, lightbulb, voice assistant (Alexa, Siri) everything connected to the internet falls under this category.

“With this increase in the number of IoT products available and a growing ecosystem of interconnected devices, cyber criminals are targeting and exploiting hidden vulnerabilities of the products and within apps; unfortunately, many are mass-produced with little or no cyber security consideration. Typically, they're built for convenience. Join us at this online event to find out the steps you can take to ensure the safe implementation of IoT technology”.

SBD 'Secure Connected Device' accreditation

SBD operates an accreditation scheme on behalf of the UK Police Service for products or services that have met recognised security standards. These products or services – which must be capable of deterring or preventing crime - are known as being of a ‘Police Preferred Specification’. 

There are hundreds of companies who produce thousands of individual attack resistant crime prevention products, in more than 30 different categories, which have met the exacting standards of the Police Preferred Specification. This includes doors, windows, external storage, bicycle and motorcycle security, locks and hardware, asset marking, alarms, CCTV, safes, perimeter security products and many others.

Earlier this year, SBD launched a Secure Connected Device accreditation for companies providing Internet of Things (IoT) connected products. With the increase in IoT products available and a growing ecosystem of interconnected devices, cyber criminals are targeting and exploiting vulnerabilities of both products and apps, as most are mass-produced without security being a major consideration. Without the appropriate levels of security, any internet connected device or app is at risk of providing cyber criminals with the ‘key’ in accessing and stealing personal data.

Working closely with certifying bodies, who assess IoT products and services against the ETSI EN 303 645, SBD’s IoT Device assessment framework identifies the level of risk associated with an IoT device and its ecosystem, providing recommendations on the appropriate certification routes.

Once third-party testing and independent certification for a product has been achieved, the company can apply to become SBD members, with the product receiving the SBD ‘Secure Connected Device’ accreditation, a unique and recognisable accreditation that will highlight products as having achieved the relevant IoT standards and certifications.

SBD is the only way for companies to obtain police recognition for security-related products in the UK.