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From increasing the safety of roads, cars and homes, to fundamentally improving the way we manufacture and consume products, IoT solutions provide valuable data and insights that enhance the way we work and live. However, the connection to the network makes these devices and industrial systems vulnerable to cyber attacks.

After years of work, the US has finally moved forward to cyber securing connected devices. The Senate passed by unanimous consent H.R. 1668, the Internet of Things (IoT) Cyber security Improvement Act. The bill now awaits the President’s signature. The legislation is aimed at enhancing the safeguards of internet-connected devices.

The bill is a major step toward the federal government encouraging vulnerability disclosure policies that implement programs for organizations to work with security researchers to fix software flaws.

The IoT Cyber security Improvement Act directs the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to develop standards and guidelines on how federal government agencies should appropriately use and manage IoT devices connected to information systems. 

The bill directs NIST to develop “minimum information security requirements for managing cybersecurity risks associated with such devices” and further requires NIST to take into account current standards and best practices in the marketplace. Moreover, the bill requires NIST to develop guidelines on how federal agencies should manage and resolve cybersecurity vulnerabilities in their IoT devices, as well as how contractors and subcontractors receive and disseminate information about such vulnerabilities. 

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is tasked with implementing NIST’s guidelines throughout the federal government, except for national security systems, according to

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