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New Legislation Could Force Security Into IoT



After years of warnings from security experts and researchers, the Internet of Things (IoT) remains fundamentally insecure. Now a group of senators has introduced bipartisan legislation to force vendors to ensure basic security within their IoT devices if they wish to sell into the government market.

Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and Cory Gardner (R-CO), co-chairs of the Senate Cybersecurity Caucus, along with Sens. Ron Wyden (D-WA) and Steve Daines (R-MT) today introduced bipartisan legislation: Internet of Things (IoT) Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2017. Its purpose is to require that all devices bought by the government meet defined minimum security requirements. Its effect will be that without compliance, vendors will lose their largest single market. Compliance, they hope, will then filter down from the public to private sectors, and on to consumers.

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