In a move security experts describe as a first step to shoring up security of Internet of Things devices, a long-awaited IoT security bill was signed by President Trump on Dec. 4.
The new law — the Internet of Things Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2020 — requires the creation of security standards and guidelines for IoT device used in and purchased by the federal government, and encompasses issues such as secure development, identity management, patching processes, and configuration management. It also calls for guidelines for vulnerability reporting and handling security vulnerabilities in IoT devices in government networks as well as of those of federal contractors that provide IT systems that include IoT devices.
The hope is that the new regulations could provide the necessary incentive for IoT vendors to better secure their devices.
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