In a bipartisan effort, on Monday, Mar. 11th 2019, an IoT security bill was introduced in the Senate by Mark Warner, a Democrat and US Senator from Virginia, and Cory Scott Gardner, a Republican and US Senator from Colorado. In the House, the bill was introduced by Will Hurd, a Republican and US Representative from Texas, and Robin Kelly, a Democrat and US Representative from Illinois. The bill, supposed to be a legislation, would create cybersecurity standards for connected hardware devices, often known as the “internet of things” (IoT).
IoT devices with their rapid adoption are potential entry points in a network that can lead to a host of security issues. Hackers often try to exploit this IoT security vulnerability to gain access to the network. They often try to access one device and then find a way further to manipulate other network connected items. In this modern age of the internet, with a plethora of connected hardware devices, the network attack surface keeps expanding, and with this expanded network surface, protecting each and every vulnerable network point is critical to avoid infiltration of networks or systems linked to the devices.
Earlier, Gardner and Warner introduced a different version of the IoT Security bill in the 115th Congress, but it did not advance further.
The current IoT legislation bill has the support and backing of Maggie Hassan, a Democrat and US Senator from New Hampshire, and Steve Daines, a Republican and US Senator from Montana.
Under the said bill, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) would create recommendations and guidelines for the federal government’s use of connected hardware devices, including the establishment of minimum security requirements to address the IoT products’ cybersecurity vulnerabilities.