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8/1/2017
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US Senators Propose IoT Security Legislation

A new bill aims to prohibit the production of IoT devices if they can't be patched or have their password changed.

A group of US senators today introduced a bill in Congress that would require Internet of Things (IoT) manufacturers to produce devices that could be patched, have passwords updated, and come to the market without known security vulnerabilities, according to a Reuters report.

The bill also calls for federal agencies to have the freedom to purchase non-compliant IoT devices should this legislation pass, if they get approval from the US Office of Management and Budget, according to Reuters.

The legislation also proposes expanding protection for cybersecurity researchers, when they are attempting to hack IoT devices in search of bugs to report to the manufacturer, the report noted.

The bipartisan group of senators includes Republicans Cory Gardner and Steve Daines, and Democrats Ron Wyden and Mark Warner, according to Reuters.

Read more about the bill here.

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Christian Bryant,
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8/2/2017 | 7:41:20 PM
Expanding Protection for Cybersecurity Researchers
I think this block of text is the best thing to come out of cybersecurity-related legislation in a long time:

"The legislation also proposes expanding protection for cybersecurity researchers, when they are attempting to hack IoT devices in search of bugs to report to the manufacturer, the report noted."

Now we just need to be sure this "protection" is expansive, well-defined and is implemented sooner than later. 

One of the biggest hurdles to keeping cybercriminals off the lawns of the good guys is protection of our black ops "researchers" and Red Teams. 
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REISEN1955,
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8/2/2017 | 9:00:12 AM
When Congress gets involved.......
Please Senators - stay in your career field and let the professionals do their jobs.  Whenever Congress writes a law it's a joke and when they make a joke, it's a law - said Will Rogers.
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