Tokyo • The Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry plans to introduce a certification system for home appliances and other devices that can be connected to the internet that will show how resilient the devices are against cyber-attacks, it has been learned.
To make it easier for consumers to determine whether such products, collectively called the internet of things (IoT), are safe, the ministry will create a certification mark. The ministry plans to introduce the system in 2018.
With the internet becoming more integrated into daily life, there are more IoT devices such as routers and webcams being used in the home. However, many devices have shortcomings in terms of security, such as lacking measures to alter passwords, which is essential for preventing third parties from hacking them. Nor do many of them have any system in place to update defense programs against cyber-attacks.