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IoT Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2019 Passes House of Representatives; Would Demand Cybersecurity Standards for Devices and Contractor Requirements

In favor of an industry-independent initiative, Ellen Boehm, senior director of IoT product management at Keyfactor commented, “Any time there is an initiative around improving cybersecurity for IoT devices, independent of industry, it helps the collective market challenge the current state and think deeper about best practices around encryption and authentication for this growing population of connected things.  We frequently hear about hackers who take advantage of weaknesses in IoT security, maliciously taking control of smart home devices for DDoS attacks or changing functionality of medical devices.