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The House of Representatives recently passed the Internet of Things (IoT) Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2020 (the Act). The Act has been moved to the Senate for consideration. The legislation sets minimum security standards for all IoT devices purchased by government agencies.
IoT refers to the myriad of physical devices that are connected to the internet, collecting and sharing data. They are used by both consumers and corporations.
Common examples include products used by consumers such as fitness trackers and home thermostats, to devices used by business and government that measure air quality and the operation of military components.
Despite the tasks that can be accomplished by IoT devices, they remain vulnerable to cyberattack. Currently, there is no national standard addressing cybersecurity for IoT devices. There have been several attempts in recent years to develop of a national IoT strategy. For example, in late 2017, a coalition of tech industry leaders released a report that put out a call for creation and implementation of a national strategy to invest, innovate and accelerate development and deployment of IoT, and stressed the need to enact legislation which would, inter alia, require IoT security measures in a “comprehensive manner.” Further, as far back as 2015, the …
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