New IoT Security Guidelines

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is taking another step to shore up its National Cybersecurity Awareness Month initiative this month – the agency is issuing new guidelines for the Internet of Things (IoT).
The security recommendations will affect both device makers and consumers. These principles offer high-level guidance to the tech industry on how to design and manufacture devices more securely, while also advising consumers on how to better manage security risks inherent to connected “things” in their homes, cars and offices.
DHS, and more specifically the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (CERT), design the guidelines to safeguard and secure the Internet of Things. Their recommendations were developed after CERT visited with manufacturers, developers, consumers and other federal agencies in order to determine the most secure ways to make, deploy and utilize the Internet of Things.
One reason for these new IoT security guidelines is that a recent study indicated widespread concern about the safety of connected devices – the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) report found that data breaches, cybersecurity incidents and concerns about online privacy have eroded public faith in IoT.
These new IoT guidelines join other cybersecurity recommendations from additional government agencies: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued guidance for connected medical devices, both pre- and post-production; The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has its own guidelines for IoT. The FTC has warned manufacturers and consumers of connected devices to protect their sensitive data that is stored on their devices while using a “defense in-depth” approach (layered security) to secure IoT ecosystems.
To learn more about best practices for securing IoT, please read “The CEO’s Guide to Securing the Internet of Things.” This report is full of advice for layering security effectively, deploying IoT in a safe manner and evaluates some of the greatest risks to

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