Congress re-introduces bill to enhance IoT cybersecurity: 4 notes

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Members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives unveiled legislation March 11 to set baseline cybersecurity standards for connected devices the federal government uses.

Four notes:

1. The Internet of Things Cybersecurity Improvement Act would add security regulation recommendations from the National Institute of Standards and Technology for the federal government to follow.

2. There are currently no national standard IoT security regulations, which could leave devices and users vulnerable to cyberattacks.

"While I'm excited about their life-changing potential, I'm also concerned that many IoT devices are being sold without appropriate safeguards and protections in place, with the device market prioritizing convenience and price over security," Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., said in a statement, according to CNET.  

3. The legislation would require only IoT device makers looking to sell to the U.S. government to follow the regulations.

4. The bill was first introduced in August 2017.

To view the full bill proposal, click here.  

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