IoT Players Should Start Diving into the New U.S. IoT Cybersecurity Improvement Act in Preparation of Things to Come

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1Q 2021 | IN-6044


More Responsibilities for the NIST


The year 2021 has had a promising head start in the Internet of Things (IoT) security side of things. On December 4, 2020, the U.S. Congress successfully passed the “IoT Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2020” that was introduced in 2019. The primary purpose of the 2020 act is to “establish minimum security standards for Internet of Things devices owned or controlled by the Federal Government, and for other purposes,” with the latter part pointing to endeavors such as research, academia, oversight, management processes, and other purposes that will be further developed and outlined in the weeks to follow by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the federal government. This piece of legislation is incredibly important not just for the United States, but globally, as it can serve as a precursor for further (and much-needed) regulation and standardization practices for the evolving IoT ecosystem. There is a lot of valuable information to digest and both U.S. and non-U.S. IoT players should start reviewing the act in preparation of things to…

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