US To Bring An IoT Bill To Secure Connected Devices

Sections of the US Government is mulling to introduce an IoT Bill aiming at the security of internet of things and growing number of connected devices in the internet. Senators are proposing to bring an act so that all the devices connected to the US government should pass through a prescribed security standards.

Under the terms of the IoT bill, named as The Internet of Things (IoT) Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2017, vendors who supply the U.S. government with IoT devices would have to ensure that their devices are patchable, do not include hard-coded passwords that can’t be changed, and are free of known security vulnerabilities, among other basic requirements.

The bill, drafted in consultation with technology and security experts from institutions such as the Atlantic Council and the Berklett Cybersecurity Project of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, also promotes security research by encouraging the adoption of coordinated vulnerability disclosure policies by federal contractors and providing legal protections to security researchers abiding by those policies.

U.S. Senators Cory Gardner and Mark R. Warner, co-chairs of the Senate Cybersecurity Caucus, along with Sens. Ron Wyden and Steve Daines introduced bipartisan legislation to improve the cybersecurity of Internet-connected devices.

“The Internet of Things (IoT) landscape continues to expand, with most experts expecting tens of billions of devices operating on our networks within the next several years,” said Gardner. “As these devices continue to transform our society and add countless new entry points into our networks, we need to make sure they are secure from malicious cyber-attacks. This bipartisan, commonsense legislation will ensure the federal government leads by example and purchases devices that meet basic requirements to prevent hackers from penetrating our government systems without halting the life-changing innovations that continue to develop in the IoT space. As co-chairs of the Senate Cybersecurity Caucus, Senator Warner and I are committed to advancing our nation’s cybersecurity defenses and this marks an important step in that direction.”

The IoT bill has endorsements from the Atlantic Council, the Berklett Cybersecurity Project at Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, the Center for Democracy and Technology, Mozilla, Cloudflare, Neustar, the Niskanen Center, Symantec, TechFreedom, and VMware.

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