Bipartisan Internet of Things Security Bill Passes Congress
Both branches of Congress have now passed a bill governing the security of the Internet of Things. The “Internet of Things Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2019” sets baseline cybersecurity standards for IoT devices purchased by the federal government. The bipartisan measure is sponsored by Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas) and Rep. Robin Kelly (D-Ill.) in the House and Sens. Mark Warner (D-VA) and Cory Gardner (R-CO) in the Senate. “While more and more products and even household appliances today have software functionality and internet connectivity, too few incorporate even basic safeguards and protections, posing a real risk to individual and national security,” said Sen. Warner. The bill now heads to the President’s desk for signature. EPIC recently told Congress that “the IoT network is the weak link in consumer products” and urged the establishment of of mandatory privacy and security standards.