Cybersecurity@home starts from “security by design”, APPLiA says at the opening of the first cybersecure lab

The first European cybersecurity laboratory is now a reality and will be looking closely at IoT products in Europe.  With the impressive estimation of 50 billion connected devices globally, APPLiA, representing the home appliance sector in Europe, had definitely what to share at the forum following the opening of the lab.

The first European cybersecurity laboratory is now a reality and will be looking closely at IoT products in Europe.

More and more home appliances are becoming connected to the Internet daily, and the legislative framework for these products is rapidly changing. With the impressive estimation of 50 billion connected devices globally, APPLiA, representing the home appliance sector in Europe, had definitely what to share at the forum following the opening of the lab.

Our motto is to be “cybersecure by design”, APPLiA’s Smart Living and Competitiveness Policy Director, Michał Zakrzewski kicked-off the discussion focusing on the sector. He further added that the Association is working with EU policy makers to deliver a Cybersecurity Act that can protect European consumers and highlighted that the proposed framework must keep different groups of products and services in mind. “International recognition should be kept into consideration and one-size-fits-all could not be a solution to the challenge”, Zakrzewski said.

Having been a strong advocate for the execution of physical checks on products for years, APPLiA explained that EU-wide standard scheme, drafted with the help of industry’s expertise, would be a pre-requisite for the establishment of a cybersecure environment. Undoubtedly, this would go hand in hand with the effective evaluation of cybersecurity products by market surveillance authorities. “Evaluating cybersecurity requires comprehensive and deep knowledge as well as effective testing procedures. Achieving those crucial goals, however, would only be possible with a more solid budget and investment in human resources”, Michał Zakrzewski said.