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Senators to Introduce Bill to Secure Internet of Things

Magazine article Information Management

Senators to Introduce Bill to Secure Internet of Things

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Reuters recently reported that a bipartisan group of U.S. senators is drafting legislation that seeks to address vulnerabilities in computing devices that belong to the Internet of things. The bill would require all government vendors that provide Internet-connected equipment to confirm their products comply with industry security standards. Additionally, the bill would ban vendors from supplying devices that have unchangeable passwords or known security vulnerabilities.

The legislation is sponsored by Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), Steve Daines (R-Mont.), Mark Warner (D-Va.), and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.). It was drafted with the help of technology experts at the Atlantic Council and Harvard University.

"We're trying to take the lightest touch possible," Warner told Reuters. He said the bill is intended to remedy an "obvious market failure" that has left device manufacturers with little incentive to build with security in mind. …

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