IoT Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2017: The pros and cons from a hacker

Ersin Domangue - September 26, 2017 - IoT Agenda
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Most of you have heard of the internet of things, the catchall phrase for common devices, such as routers, cameras, printers, refrigerators, door locks and so on, that have been enabled by their manufacturers to be controlled or to communicate over the internet. Most of you have also probably heard that the security of most of these devices is compromised, resulting in spectacular attacks from bad actors, such as the Mirai malware that hit the Dyn DNS service provider and subsequently affected service to the Krebs on Security website in September 2016. Use of connected devices is expected to grow exponentially — and so will the security problem.

We have early on recognized the state of such security. Our IoT Village has highlighted the problem at many conferences, such as DEFCON and RSA, for the past three years. Now, the U.S. Senate also recognizes the problem and is trying to do something about it. The Internet of Things (IoT) Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2017 is a bill before the U.S. Senate that seeks to improve the security of internet-connected devices.

What is this proposed bill, what does it do, how does it affect me, will it work and should I support it? We hope to shed light on these questions here.

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