Reigning in the Internet of Things

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August 11, 2017 | Less than a minute read


Reigning in the Internet of Things

Just a few days ago, US senators unveiled the Internet of Things Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2017.

The bill sets out to ‘provide minimal cybersecurity operational standards for Internet-connected devices purchased by Federal agencies, and for other purposes’.

The mandate would outline the need for basic security requirements to be met by IoT device suppliers, such as refraining from using hard-coded credentials and passwords and making sure they use software and components that can be updated and patched.

Following recent attacks on connected ‘things’, it became evident that there are gaping holes in many a cyber security strategy.

Read more: US Announces first laws to regulate IoT

Says IoT.nxt’s Bertus Jacobs, “I think this attention on security is a good thing. Suppliers and installers get complacent from time to time, using the same usernames and passwords until it’s too late.”

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