The European Commission has taken action to strengthen the cybersecurity of wireless devices.
The Commission initiative’s objectives regarding wireless devices are:
- Improving the resiliency of networks: The devices will have to incorporate features to avoid their misuse to harm communication networks.
- Enhancing the protection of personal data and privacy: The devices will have to include features to guarantee the protection of personal data and privacy.
- Reducing the risk of monetary fraud: The devices will have to have features to minimise the risk of fraud when the equipment is used for making electronic payments.
The European Council and the Parliament will have 2 months from 1 November to scrutinise the Commission’s proposal. After the scrutiny comes a transition period of 30 months to give the industry time to adapt relevant products before the new requirements come into effect, most likely mid-2024. The Commission has also asked EU Standardization Organizations to develop required standards.