Proposal for Spring Congress

Proposal 303

LYMEC Spring Congress, April 05.-07., 2019 in Brussels

Author: JOVD – Anouk van Brug

Status: [  ] accepted [  ] rejected [  ] transferred to: ___________________________

The Spring Congress may decide:

1Secure innovation, how to secure smart devices

2Noting that:

3·         Innovation is occurring at a fast and ever-increasing pace

4·         Many devices have become smart and part of the so-called ‘internet of things', including

5televisions, watches, toothbrushes, and cars

6·         These devices have access to the internet in some way, and cybercriminals can thus gain

7access to these devices

8·         No firewalls or other security measures are generally installed on these devices to keep

9hackers out

10·         Vendors oftentimes do not update these devices after they have been sold, only offer

11updates for a very limited time, or only at additional cost or effort to the consumer


13Considering that:

14·         These devices are therefore vulnerable to cyberattacks

15·         Consumers generally seem to be unaware of this fact

16·         These devices often hold private information which can be stolen this way, and hacked can

17be used as gateways into other networks, or can be used in botnets

18·         Hacking into devices such as cars can cause grave accidents to happen

19·         Digital security should be just as much of a consideration in product safety as the various

20other aspects covered under European regulation


22LYMEC calls

23for the European Union to implement European product regulations to require vendors to update

24internet-connected devices for their expected economic lifetime and to take appropriate steps
25such as the installation of firewalls and the use of randomised default passwords to increase

Attention: This is a preview! The official text is printed in the proposal book for Spring Congress 05. - 07. April 2019.