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The Battle for IoT Security

Anne Bisagno


Leading security experts begged the US House Committee on Energy and Commerce in November to establish federal regulations, and even a new federal agency, devoted to securing the Internet of Things. They argued that:


    Currently, manufacturers face no penalties for deploying devices with poor cybersecurity 

    The functions of IoT devices cross multiple agencies 



    A security breach could create catastrophic risks, like shutting down power plants or crashing cars across a region or even the entire country 


Unfortunately, with an incoming administration that promises to be hostile to existing regulations and agencies, creating new ones is likely to be an uphill battle at best. However, we agree with the security pros that while it may take a while to figure out how to secure the IoT, the time to begin working on it is now.


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