Despite the post-election chaos in Washington, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed without amendments the Internet of Things CyberSecurity Improvement Act of 2020, the latest iteration of legislation that's been in the works for 3 years. It was approved by the House of Representatives in September.
The legislation progresses in securing IoT devices purchased by the government. U.S. agencies have growing fleets of IoT devices that are used for many purposes, including tracking assets, monitoring ships and controlling access to buildings.
Setting security standards for IoT devices deployed by the government is an obvious first step to securing the billions of devices that will join the internet in the next couple of years, says Brad Ree, CTO of the consultancy ioXt and board member at the ioXt Alliance, a trade group dedicated to securing IoT devices.
"It is great to see American leadership in IoT security. As the largest economy on the world, we cannot be passive in securing our network." Brad Ree added