A bipartisan group of senators has introduced legislation aimed at securing internet-connected smart devices, known as the “internet of things”, which is a potential threat for a massive cyber attack.
Senators Mark Warner (D-VA) and Cory Gardner (R-CO) introduced the new bill that will require suppliers of devices to the federal government to adhere to a level of industry-wide security practices, such as ensuring that devices, like wearables and smart sensors, can be patched with security fixes.
The lawmakers said, “The Internet of Things Cybersecurity Improvement Act will ensure the government ‘leads by example’ to prevent further intrusions into federal systems without halting the life-changing innovations that continue to develop in the IoT space.”
With an estimate of as many as 30 billion devices to be connected to the internet by the end of the decade, the legislation aims to future-proof the industry from mistakes it has largely brought on itself.
The senators also added a warning to the bill that would expand legal protections for security researchers working in the Internet of Things space to exempt "good faith" vulnerability hunting activities from federal hacking laws.
Expecting that the exemption would acquire more security experts to the field, encouraging researchers to report vulnerabilities to ensure security flaws are fixed soon.
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