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Singapore tightens security requirements for new home routers

Come April 13 next year, home routers will have to meet new security requirements before they can be put up for sale in Singapore. These include unique login credentials and default automatic downloads of security patches. 

The new mandate is aimed at improving the security of these devices, which are popular targets amongst malicious hackers who are looking to breach home networks, according to industry regulator Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA). Stipulated as being part of the country’s Technical Specifications for Residential Gateways, the enhanced security requirements were finalised following an earlier consultation exercise that sought feedback from the public and industry. 

While these mandates are set to come into effect from 13 April 2021, home routers previously approved by IMDA will be allowed to remain on sale until October 12 next year.

Users of existing home routers will not need to change their current routers, but they are encouraged

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