India's TEC releases 'Code of Practice' for securing consumer IoT

India's TEC releases 'Code of Practice' for securing consumer IoT

The Telecommunication Engineering Centre (TEC) under the Indian communications ministry has released a report 'Code of Practice for Securing Consumer Internet of Things (IoT)'.

These baseline requirements aligned with global standards and best practices will help in safeguarding such devices and ecosystem as well as in managing vulnerabilities, said an official release from the ministry.

These guidelines, the ministry of communications said will help in securing consumer IoT devices and ecosystems as well as managing vulnerabilities. This report is intended for use by IoT device manufacturers, Service providers/ system integrators and application developers, etc.

Internet of Things (IoT) is one of the fastest emerging technology across the globe, providing enormous beneficial opportunities for society, industry, and consumers. It is being used to create smart infrastructure in various verticals such as Power, Automotive, Safety & Surveillance, Remote Health Management, Agriculture, Smart Homes and Smart Cities, etc, using connected devices.

IoT is benefitted by recent advances in several technologies such as sensors, communication technologies (Cellular and non-cellular), AI/ ML, Cloud / Edge computing, etc.

As per the projections, there may be 26.4 billion IoT devices in service globally by 2026. Out of this, approximately 20% will be on cellular technologies. The ratio of Consumer and Enterprise IoT devices may be 45%: 55%.

As per the National Digital Communication Policy (NDCP) 2018 launched by the Department of Telecommunications (DoT), an eco-system is to be created for five billion linked gadgets by 2022. Therefore, it’s anticipated that around 60% of 5 billion i.e. 3 billion linked gadgets might exist in India by 2022.

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