Trimmed Internet Of Things Bill Could Still Carry Weight

By Ben Kochman (March 19, 2019, 7:43 PM EDT) -- New scaled-down legislation to create federal security standards for the mushrooming sphere of internet-connected devices could have a major impact on businesses even after industry-friendly changes, attorneys say.

House and Senate lawmakers rolled out the bipartisan Internet of Things (IoT) Cybersecurity Improvement Act last week. The bill would task the Commerce Department with creating security standards for IoT devices bought by the federal government, with the goal of making them less vulnerable to hackers.

A previous version of the bill introduced in 2017 died in the Senate. But this time, Sens. Mark Warner, D-Va., and Cory Gardner, R-Colo., and Reps. Will...

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