On December 4, 2020, President Trump signed the Internet of Things Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2020. The Act, which is directed at federal agencies is likely to have a significant impact in the private sector as well. The Act was passed by by the U.S. House of Representatives back in September of 2020. The Act mandates a cybersecurity framework be created for the appropriate use and management by federal agencies of IoT devices owned or controlled by an agency and connected to information systems owned or controlled by an agency. The article that follows describes in more detail the specifics of the Act and what they might portend for the future.
Setting up that new IoT device you received for Christmas? Maybe you’ve been derelict in feeding the dog and found a smart dog feeder under the tree, one that will alert you that Luna has been fed or that you have to refill the feeder. Smart gizmos are not just for the home, approximately 25% of businesses use Internet of Things (IoT) technology, a figure only expected to grow substantially. With that growth will be new and varied applications for IoT technology, along with a need to understand the different kinds of risks it presents.