The Emerging Role of Government in the Internet of Things

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1Q 2017 | IN-4434


Fighting Relaxed Security


In early January 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) filed a complaint against D-Link Corporation, a Taiwan-based computer networking equipment manufacturer, for alleged inadequate security measures. The FTC stated in its complaint that these security lapses left D-Link’s wireless routers and cameras vulnerable to hackers, putting consumers’ privacy at risk. The FTC also targeted ASUS, a computer hardware manufacturer, and TRENDnet, a networking and surveillance solution provider, in the complaint. These companies promote the security of their products and solutions; however, they allegedly failed to address easily preventable security flaws. The day before the complaint was filed, the FTC announced it was challenging the public to develop a tool that would address security vulnerabilities that are caused by out-of-date software in IoT devices. While the private sector often views government as the problem, the FTC’s actions in this aren...

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