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When you buy a new lightbulb, you know that it's energy efficient and will last for a while because of an Energy Star label on the package. But when you buy an internet-connected lightbulb, there's almost no way of telling if it's secure from hackers. Underwriters Laboratories, the electronics safety organization, is looking to fix that by introducing security ratings for internet-of-things devices. UL is known for its safety standards certifications for products, ensuring, for instance, that the charger you bought online isn't a counterfeit that'll set your house on fire. Now UL wants to set the security standard for cybersecurity threats -- a notorious issue for IoT devices. "These days, when you look at products, they have been moving from an analog function to a digital function," said Andrew Jamieson, UL's director of security and technology. "From that context, the security of the software directly affects the safety of the product, so we have to really start … [Read more...] about IoT devices need built-in security standards, UL says
Connected devices are notorious for their shoddy security and Congress is hoping to fix that.Members of the US Senate and House of Representatives introduced the Internet of Things Cybersecurity Improvement Act on Monday, hoping to bring legislative action to the emerging technology. Connected devices are expected to boom to 20.4 billion units by 2020, but they don't all have the same levels of security. Hackers often target IoT devices that don't have built-in security, leading to problems like default passwords and vulnerabilities that can't be fixed. At a Senate hearing last year, Lt. General Robert Ashley, director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, told lawmakers that insecure IoT devices are one of the "most important emerging cyberthreats" to US national security. There's no national standard for IoT security and it's up to each company to decide how secure they want to make their connected devices. Lawmakers are looking to fix that with the bill, which would require … [Read more...] about Congress introduces bill to improve ‘internet of things’ security
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