According to the Associated Press, the European Commission is pushing for a cybersecurity law. It will oblige electronics manufacturers that connect to the Internet to strengthen protection against hacking.
Currently, most electronic devices are not subject to cybersecurity obligations, and a cyberattack occurs every 11 seconds. Over the past year, the damage from hacker attacks around the world amounted to 5.5 trillion euros.
In the future, manufacturers will be required to be responsible for the safety of devices throughout their entire service life, but no more than five years. Selling devices without protection will result in a fine and a ban on the sale of the company.
The Computer and Communications Manufacturers Association (CCIA) believes the bill will only slow the emergence of new devices in the EU markets. The proposed alternative is to work with reliable trading partners and adopt international standards to avoid duplication of requirements.