Congress Explores How to Bolster IoT Cybersecurity (BankInfoSecurity)


What’s needed to bolster the security of internet of things devices to help prevent cyberattacks, such as the October botnet-driven distributed denial-of-service attack on web services provider Dyn that crippled Netflix, Twitter and many other websites?

It could boil down to a combination of implementing industry standards, incentives and regulations, a panel of experts testified at a joint House committee hearing on Nov. 16 exploring the role of connected devices in cyberattacks.

The hearing was aimed at helping Congress review recent DDoS attacks waged using botnets built on connected devices, understand current countermeasures and consider efforts to combat malicious actors that could target vulnerabilities, Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., noted in his opening remarks.