Consumer watchdog Which? has reported that around six million people are using devices which haven’t been updated since 2018 or earlier.
An examination of 13 router models revealed that more than two-thirds had flaws, seriously compromising their cyber security, and putting users at risk.
The survey of more than 6,000 adults across the UK revealed that many are using devices which are no longer being supported with firmware updates or security checks.
One of the key problems revealed by the survey was that outdated devices came equipped with weak default passwords, which many users did not change. As a recent NEBRC blog covered, upcoming legislation from the Government’s Department for Digital, Media, Culture and Sport (DMCS) will see a ban on manufacturers creating devices with pre-set passwords in a bid to tackle this problem.
The new laws will also see requirements for manufacturers to provide more information about the security status of products at the point of purchase, including how long the device will receive updates for.
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The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) are working together to support the establishment of Regional Cyber Resilience Centres (CRCs). The CRCs represent a significant opportunity for the NCSC to expand the reach of its guidance and services to smaller organisations across the country, and provide an extra level of practical support to enhance their impact. The NCSC is currently assisting the NPCC in determining the suite of cyber security services that the CRCs will be able to offer.