Lawmakers Propose Bill to Secure Device Usage

2019 Wash100 Award winner Sens. Mark Warner, D-Va., and Cory Gardner R-Colo., with Reps. Will Hurd, R-Texas and fellow 2019 Wash100 Award winner, and Robin Kelly, D-Ill., introduced a bipartisan bill to establish standards guiding the use of devices for the internet of things, The Hill reported Monday.

The legislation would direct the National Institute of Standards and Technology to recommend security requirements and other guidelines to help the federal government address cyber vulnerabilities in specified devices. The Office of Management and Budget would also establish standards on purchasing devices in the sector. Both agencies would reassess their policies every five years.

“As the government continues to purchase and use more and more internet-connected devices, we must ensure that these devices are secure,” Kelly said.

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