IoT Guidelines

ecobee3-iphone-heroThe Obama administration came out and laid down guidelines for security for internet-connected devices. The Department of Homeland Security released its cybersecurity policies, which were separate from the Obama administration guidelines.  The Department of Homeland Security summarized it in 6 main points: Incorporate Security at the Design Phase, Advance Security Updates and Vulnerability Management, Build on Proven Security Practices, Prioritize Security Measures According to Potential Impact, Promote Transparency across IoT, Connect Carefully and Deliberately. This project has mainly been guided by NIST. The policy is being put into place in order to increase public trust in household appliances and devices. FCC commissioners and other higher-ups have said that it is unlikely that the FCC will enact mandatory IoT security standards now. Although, more than likely we will be seeing IoT security standards in the near future. The issue is a bit skewed, because it deals with so many different branches, such as The Office of Management and Budget, The FCC, NIST, and the Department of Homeland Security.


Sources:  White House Issues Guidelines for IoT Cybersecurity

Strategic Principles for Securing the Internet of Things 2016