Congress again focuses on IoT security

first_img Diana Goovaerts Related Tags US politicians used mounting scrutiny of the security of communications kit to revive an effort to implement strict standards around IoT gear bought by government agencies.A cross-party group introduced a bill to Congress calling for the implementation of a set of minimum security requirements, which would be set by the National Institute of Standards and Technology.Specifically, the standards would cover secure development, identity management, patching and configuration management for IoT devices.Telecom industry group CTIA, which runs an IoT cybersecurity certification programme, was among the backers of the proposal.Congresswoman Robin Kelly, a co-sponsor of the bill in the House of Representatives, said in a statement it would help prevent IoT devices from becoming a backdoor for hackers, noting “everything from our national security to the personal information of American citizens could be vulnerable because of security holes in these devices”.It is unclear whether the bill will be successful, as a similar effort launched in 2017 failed to gain traction.However, the latest move follows the publication of a report by the Departments of Commerce and Homeland Security in May 2018, which recommended the federal government lead by example on cybersecurity by requiring more secure devices and services. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back Author IoTsecurity Diana is Mobile World Live’s US Editor, reporting on infrastructure and spectrum rollouts, regulatory issues, and other carrier news from the US market. Diana came to GSMA from her former role as Editor of Wireless Week and CED Magazine, digital-only… Read more Satellite IoT network provider bags €26M funding Home Congress again focuses on IoT security EU tipped to court India in 5G security standards effort AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 12 MAR 2019 Previous ArticleInterview – BICSNext ArticleHuawei heralds Mate 20 sales success Bharti Airtel makes enterprise IoT playlast_img read more