Explaining the Internet of Things Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2017 (ISE Blog)


Most of you have heard of the “Internet of Things”, the catchall phrase for common devices such as routers, cameras, printers, refrigerators, door locks, and so on that have been enabled by their manufacturers to be controlled or to communicate over the Internet.

Most of you have also probably heard that the security of most of these devices are compromised, resulting in spectacular attacks from bad actors, such as the Mirai malware that hit the Dyn DNS service provider and subsequently affected service to the Krebs on Security website in September of 2016. Use of such devices is expected to grow exponentially and so will the problem.

ISE has early on recognized the state of such security. Our IoT Village has highlighted the problem at many conferences such as Defcon and RSA for the past three years.

Now the Unites States Senate also recognizes the problem and is trying to do something about it. The Internet of Things (IOT) Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2017 is a bill before the US Senate that seeks to improve the security of Internet-connected devices.