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Lawmakers Seek Improved Cyber Safeguards With IoT Security Bill

July 01, 2019 / O’Ryan Johnson

With the explosion of IoT devices on the market, and an accompanying desire by the U.S. government to use those products to streamline operations and find efficiencies, a bi-partisan group of lawmakers is pushing a bill that would set minimum standards for built-in security on IoT devices that are to be deployed on government networks. The Internet of Things Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2019 -- introduced by U.S. Senators Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) -- would require the National Institute of Standards and Technology to issue recommendations that address secure development, identity management, patching, and configuration management for IoT devices.  Warner told CRN that the impetus behind the bill was the October 2016 botnet attack against Dyn in which hackers broke into IoT devices, infected them with the Mirai virus, and then shutdown dozens of cyber networks belonging to some of the biggest names in tech and media such as Slack, SoundCloud, FoxNews, BBC, ...