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Amazon and Google support global cybersecurity standard for smart homes

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  • The average consumer owns six connected devices, with millennials leading in ownership.
  • Amazon, Google, and Silicon Labs are backing a new cybersecurity standard for smart home devices.

In an increasingly interconnected world, the proliferation of connected devices has reshaped daily routines. From wearable gadgets to smart appliances, the Internet of Things (IoT) has become ubiquitous. Studies show a rise in ownership of smart home devices, highlighting their convenience and efficiency. Additionally, smart home gadgets are being used to enhance home security, with a significant increase in adoption.

As consumers embrace connected technologies, cybersecurity concerns have also surged. To address these concerns, major industry players such as Amazon, Google, and Silicon Labs are supporting a new cybersecurity standard and certification program for connected devices through the Connectivity Standards Alliance (CSA). This initiative aims to streamline the certification process and ensure compliance with international regulations and standards.

The recent approval of a voluntary cybersecurity certification program by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) further emphasizes the importance of cybersecurity in IoT products. Collaborative efforts between industry players and government bodies are key in establishing a robust security framework for smart home devices, fostering trust in the rapidly evolving connected device landscape.

Overall, these initiatives mark significant milestones in bolstering cybersecurity for smart home devices and highlight the ongoing need for collaboration to address cybersecurity challenges in the IoT ecosystem.

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