House passes bipartisan IoT security bill to fix ‘glaring gap’ in cyber infrastructure | Federal News Network

A bipartisan bill setting minimum security standards for Internet of Things devices connected to federal networks passed the House Monday [September 14, 2020]. The bill now awaits a Senate floor vote before heading to the president’s desk.

The IoT Cybersecurity Improvement Act would require the National Institute of Standards and Technology to set best practices for device security. 

“The challenge has been a lot of these IOT-connected devices are extraordinarily cheap sensor devices … that’s where there’s been some of the pushback that some of the low-end vendors have not wanted to take the responsibility to actually remediate known vulnerabilities,” [Senator] Warner said.