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10/1/2018
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California Enacts First-in-Nation IoT Security Law

The new law requires some form of authentication for most connected devices.

The nation's first IoT security act was just signed into law in California. The law isn't just about the IoT, but billions of small connected devices will have to add critical features if they're sold in the state after Jan. 1, 2020.

SB-327 is broad legislation that applies, with some exceptions, to "…any device, or other physical object that is capable of connecting to the Internet, directly or indirectly, and that is assigned an Internet Protocol address or Bluetooth address." Those devices will be required to have basic security capabilities installed — though precisely what those might be is not spelled out in the legislation.

Instead, the law requires steps that are "appropriate" to the device and the information it collects, protecting each from "…unauthorized access, destruction, use, modification, or disclosure." Specifically, if a device has provisions for unique authentication of device and/or users, it is considered to be in compliance with the law.

The exceptions to the requirement are those devices that fall under federal laws or regulations, including medical devices.

For more, read here.

 

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Ritu_G
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12/22/2018 | 3:54:11 AM
Get protected
The internet and the corresponding technology have come a long way I reckon. Back from the days when it took forever to even get connected to now where your information can be stolen in a snap of the fingers. Anyway having rules and regulations in place is for the best! There are loads of people who don't know how to protect themselves and at least this way there'll be some mandatory security already in place!
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12/18/2018 | 4:42:10 AM
Put into action
It is time that we see words being put into action. We, as users, cannot afford to see anymore breaches hitting even the largest organizations which we presume must have had stringent security measures at bay. We need to know that our confidential info can and will be kept strictly confidential at all costs. What's the point of fining them huge sums of money if they cannot make a guarantee?
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