Legislation was introduced Monday that would create cybersecurity standards for internet-connected devices, the “internet of things.” The Internet of Things (IoT) Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2019, introduced in the Senate by Sens. Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) and in the House by Reps. Will Hurd (R-Texas) and Robin Kelly (D-Ill.), would require established standards for government use of the devices.
Kenta Yasukawa, Co-founder and CTO at Soracom:
“Security concerns represent the single biggest obstacle to IoT development and public adoption. It remains one of the biggest challenges in IoT, not because it can’t be done right but because projects often prioritize things like reducing cost and accelerating speed to market.
The good news is, IoT is not inherently insecure. Clear standards remove uncertainty for developers, reassure consumers, and shift the Internet of Things toward the effective practices already in place in security-conscious industries like finance and transportation and across cellular data networks.
Clear standards for device and network protection will help the entire industry focus on security, reassure consumers, and get it right.”