House passes bipartisan legislation to set federal Internet of Things security standards

The House of Representatives has passed a bipartisan bill requiring that all Internet of Things devices purchased by the government meet minimum security requirements. The Senate will likely pass the measure and send it to the president’s desk for his signature.

The Internet of Things describes the interconnection via the internet of computing devices contained within everyday objects, enabling them to send and receive data. Examples include smart home security systems, connected appliances, wearable health monitors, and wireless inventory trackers.

The IoT Cybersecurity Improvement Act, approved by voice vote in the House on Sept. 14, directs the National Institute of Standards and
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