04 Aug '17, 1am

Legislation Targets Common Sense Security for Internet of Things

U.S. lawmakers unveiled a bill this week that, if passed, would set basic security standards for connected devices from wearables to environmental sensors purchased by federal agencies. The bill, called the Internet of Things Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2017 , would require devices to have software that can be patched and passwords that can be altered before being sold to the U.S. government. Without such capabilities, experts warn, everything from internet routers to security cameras could be left open to digital threats. The sponsors of the bill include Republican senators Cory Gardner and Steve Daines and Democratic senators Ron Wyden and Mark Warner, the co-chair of the Senate Cybersecurity Caucus. Last year, Warner also raised concerns to regulators about internet-connected toys recording conversations and collecting data from children. The legislation comes almo...

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