Will There Be a Government Standard for IoT Security?

Editor’s Note: The NTAA and OMB Circular A-130 are the guiding legal and policy authorities regulating government development and adoption of standards. See An Updated Look at the Federal Policies Governing How Agencies Use Voluntary Consensus Standards in Regulatory, Procurement, and Science Documents.

From: FedTech Magazine

NIST offers its view on Internet of Things security guidelines, but lawmakers are pressing for mandates that would regulate cybersecurity for IoT devices.

by Phil Goldstein

Federal agencies have been steadily adopting and deploying sensors as part of the Internet of Things, but the security of IoT devices has been a constant concern for government IT leaders, especially at the Pentagon. Now, there’s more momentum than ever to make sure federal IoT environments are secured.

Last month, the National Institute of Standards and Technology released a draft interagency report on IoT cybersecurity standards, and concludes that without a standardized set of cybersecurity requirements, malicious actors could exploit security gaps and IoT systems could be vulnerable to cyberattacks.

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