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Home appliance experts ready to work for a winning cybersecurity policy

The long-waited EU Cybersecurity Act has entered into force this morning, and will also have an effect on connected home appliances, such as fridges, air conditioners, washing machines and other IoT appliances. The promise – companies would be able to make use of certificates recognised across the Union.

The EU Agency for cybersecurity, ENISA will be busier, enjoying more power, staff, budget and be in charge in setting up the technical ground for a common cybersecurity certification framework for ICT products and services as from today. This was made possible with the long-waited EU Cybersecurity Act which has entered into force this morning, and which will also have an effect on connected home appliances, such as fridges, air conditioners, washing machines and other IoT appliances. The promise – companies would be able to make use of certificates recognised across the Union.

“This is a unique opportunity to secure even higher consumer trust and a stronger Digital Single Market. For the certificates to remain a competitive advantage for the industry and avoid unintended consequences both on smaller market actors and on already heavily regulated sectors, the schemes should be voluntary”, said APPLiA’s Director General, Paolo Falcioni. He further confirmed the sector’s readiness to share expert knowledge within the Stakeholder Cybersecurity Certification Group when preparing, elaborating and adopting candidate schemes.

While the digital landscape in the EU is evolving, the foundation of a well-functioning European Single Market remains unchanged. Transparent and internationally-recognised standards must keep on being the solid basis of a good cybersecurity policy and market surveillance the authority ensuring fair trade.