IoT Cybersecurity Improvement Act Signed Into Law: New Security Requirements for Federal Government Devices

December 18, 2020

The IoT Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2020 is now federal law, meaning that US government “smart devices” will be subject to a new and more stringent set of security standards.

Sponsored by a bipartisan coalition consisting of Representatives Robin Kelly (D-IL) and Will Hurd (R-TX) along with Senators Mark Warner (D-VA) and Cory Gardner (R-CO), the terms of the bill apply to any IoT device purchased with government money. In addition to establishing new mandatory minimum security standards for these devices, the new IoT cybersecurity bill requires that these standards and policies be updated at least once every five years.

 

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