New Cybersecurity Requirements for Internet of Things

New Cybersecurity Requirements for Internet of Things

The Federal Government has decided to leverage its procurement powers to bolster minimum cybersecurity standards for Internet of Things devices. The law goes into effect this december. According to Katrina Megas, the program manager of NIST’s IoT cybersecurity program, agencies have until December to meet the minimum cybersecurity requirements of the IoT Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2020 passed last year by Congress. The act also directs NIST to develop standards for best practices regarding IoT devices management and cybersecurity.

 

The federal government has provided minimum cybersecurity requirements for IoT devices that must be met before procurement by the government. The agencies must also comply with a number of risk management frameworks, as well as, NIST guidelines related to IoT cybersecurity.

 

A White House fact sheet published last month reveals that plans are afoot to develop a cybersecurity labeling system for IoT devices that meet US government standards and are tested by approved entities.

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