Robert Lemos: IoT 'Nutrition' Labels Aim to Put Security on Display

19/09/2021 - 11:16

NIST has laid the groundwork for an easy-to-understand way to communicate to consumers the security of software and connected devices.

An all-out effort to develop a consumer-focused security labeling program will likely initially focus on Internet of Things (IoT) devices and could include many technology products used by small businesses as well.

The "Workshop on Cybersecurity Labeling Programs for Consumers: Internet of Things (IoT) Devices and Software," held this week by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), is the government agency's latest step in creating a consumer labeling program to communicate the security capabilities of applications and connected devices, an effort mandated by the Biden administration's Executive Order on Improving the Nation's Cybersecurity, issued in May 2021. The initiative includes government agencies, private industry, and academic experts, with the groups rushing to create requirements and institute pilot programs because the first deadline — the identification of the criteria and components of such a label — must be completed by February 2022.

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