You might have heard that the Internet of Things, or the web of “smart” devices that we increasingly use to make our lives more convenient, has a major down side. Each device connected to your network carries the potential for hacking, and each one can act as an entry point for those who wish to do you harm online.

Well, the White House has heard about these concerns, too. And they’re trying to do something about it. Through partnerships with major retailers, the administration plans to launch a new labeling and cybersecurity certification for products called the U.S. Cyber Trust Mark program.

By 2024, the program should be up and running. According to Anne Neuberger, Deputy National Security Advisor for Cyber and Emerging Technology at the White House, “We’ve heard again and again from consumers, they want to buy secure, and we’ve heard from companies that they recognized that there was a market, but they didn’t they had a hard time differentiating their products.”

When electronic products meet cybersecurity standards set forth by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), they will earn a label designating them as such. Those standards will include things like requiring strong, unique passwords, regular software updates, and data protection.

“Giving Americans the peace of mind to that when they’re bringing in a product that has the label, they can feel confident it’s more secure,” said Neuberger. “That the company will maintain it push patches of new vulnerabilities are found is really the goal of the program.”

It’s good to know that new products, offered as a part of the Internet of Things, will now carry a label designating the safer options. But what about the devices that you already own? You essentially have two options: Trade in your own devices for new ones, or regularly download and install all security updates on your old ones.

In the meantime, call us at 888-RING-MY-TECH if you’re concerned about the devices connected to your Internet of Things. Anything from a security camera to a baby monitor to a smart thermostat can serve as an entry point to your entire system. We need to install a secure firewall and test your system to make sure your data remains secure.