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New Bill May Help Secure Internet-Connected Devices

By August 19, 2017March 1st, 2023Technology News

“Sometimes the wheel turns slowly, but it turns.”

That quote, made famous by Lorne Michaels, certainly applies in the case of the government’s involvement in securing internet-connected devices.

By now, almost everyone has at least one “smart” device in their home or driveway. Projections are that there will be more internet-connected devices than computers and mobile phones by the year 2020, and the rate of growth is still increasing.

As exciting as that sounds, there’s a dark side to those statistics. Most manufacturers are notoriously bad when it comes to securing them. In fact, most internet-connected devices don’t have even basic security protections in place, which has led to hackers creating vast armies of enslaved devices to serve in their bot nets, which they use to conduct denial of service attacks.

In recent months, we’ve seen hackers take control of everything from smart guns to smart cars and even internet-connected medical devices.The key difference here is that while hacking your PC might cost you money, the examples above put human lives in danger, and finally, the government is getting involved.

There’s a new bill making its way through the halls of Congress called The Internet of Things Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2017. While the name is a bit of a mouthful, its purpose is strikingly simple and clear. The bill proposes a minimum set of security standards that must be in place in order for the government to purchase smart devices.

Given the sheer amount of product the government purchases each year, for the first time, manufacturers have a clear and compelling reason to begin implementing device security, which they have been steadfastly ignoring to this point.

Currently, the fate of the bill is unknown, but it certainly seems like something that both major political parties can get behind. If it passes, it will be good news indeed for everyone who owns a smart device, which again, at this point, is almost everyone. Progress may have been slow in this case, and long overdue, but at last, the wheel is turning.

Jason Manteiga

Jason J. Manteiga, Vice President of Olmec Systems, has been part of the company for over the past 20 years. He believes that having a great work environment and supportive team, is the ultimate key to success. Since being in the IT realm for over 25 years, Jason, along with Olmec Systems, has been on the Inc. 5000 “List of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies” and Channel Futures MSP 501 “Top Managed Service Providers in North America,” along with other awards and nominations. Jason earned his Bachelor Degree in Information Systems from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He also holds certifications in Microsoft MCSE, VMWare VCP, and Cisco CCNA. In his spare time, Jason is a contributor for The Center for Social & Legal Research (Privacy Exchange) and a member of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce. His hobbies include cycling and kayaking. He currently lives in New Jersey with his wife, two daughters and son.