NIST Issues Draft Guide for IoT Network Security

Jeff Brody

The National Institute of Standards and Technology released a draft guide for incorporating cybersecurity into an internet-of-things network. NIST said Thursday that the “Core Cybersecurity Feature Baseline for Securable IoT Devices” guide provides recommendations on security features that organizations may implement for network-capable devices used in a range of applications such as manufacturing, health care and home use. 

“It is aimed at a technical audience, but we hope to help consumers as well as manufacturers,” said Mike Fagan, a computer scientist at NIST and the guide's co-author. 

The draft guide includes security recommendations covering device identification and configuration, data protection, interface access, software and firmware updates and cybersecurity event logging. NIST will conduct a workshop on Aug. 13 and accept public feedback on the guide until Sept. 30. 

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