Consumer Reports Launches IoT Cybersecurity ‘Nutrition Label’
Consumer Reports (CR) has announced that it will expand its advocacy efforts to help people protect themselves from cyberattacks, thanks to a $ 5 million grant from Craig Newmark Philanthropies.
The new initiative will increase its ability to assess a range of cyber threats, such as phishing, ransomware and other malware, as well as how to protect online services and endpoints, such as Internet of Things (IoT) devices. and mobile, engagement products. The imperative to educate consumers on how to choose the safest solutions is “urgent,” the group said in its announcement.
Consumer Reports’ new cybersecurity initiative will include an experimental “nutrition label” to help shoppers understand security and data collection practices for various products, as well as free digital tools and the expansion of their existing security planner to include personal cybersecurity, the organization said. .
“Today, we know that consumers are increasingly vulnerable to cyber threats, and the tools to protect our data are often complicated, or not even working,” said Marta Tellado, president and CEO of DR, in a statement. announcement of the new effort. to raise consumer awareness of cybersecurity. “This new initiative will help us educate people so that they can better protect themselves and demand that industry and government do better.”