House Approves IoT Cybersecurity Bill

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The Internet of Things (IoT) Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2020 passed the House today and is moving to the Senate for consideration. The legislation would set a minimum-security standard for all IoT devices purchased by government agencies.The bipartisan cybersecurity legislation was introduced in the House by Reps. Will Hurd, R-Texas, and Robin Kelly, D-Ill., with support from Sens. Mark Warner, D-Va., and Cory Gardner, R-Colo., who are leading the Senate version of the legislation.
“Today, the House took a major and overdue step toward improving U.S. cybersecurity,” Rep. Kelly said. “The bipartisan Internet of Things Cybersecurity Improvement Act will ensure the U.S. government purchases secure devices and existing vulnerabilities are closed.”
By addressing IoT at the supply chain level, the goal of the legislation is to address cyber risk presented by IoT devices before the devices are introduced into Federal government use.
“The Internet of Things grows every single day, and, by the end of next year, it will include more than 20 billion devices,” Rep. Hurd said. “The result is an astounding, unimaginable amount of data – 90% of the data in the entire world was created in the last two years. America needs to keep up with this incredible …

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