The recently published United States National Cybersecurity Strategy warns that many popular Internet of Things (IoT) devices are not sufficiently secure to protect against many of today’s common cybersecurity threats.
The strategy also cautions that many of these IoT devices are difficult—or, in some cases, impossible—to patch or upgrade. A key development occurred on July 18, 2023, at the White House with the announcement of a US cybersecurity labeling program for smart devices to inform consumers in choosing products that are less vulnerable to cyberattacks. This labeling program requires manufacturers to take responsibility for the security of devices, not just when they are shipped, but over their lifetime with security updates.
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