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U.S. Senate Passes Bill to Secure Internet-Connected Devices Against Cyber Vulnerabilities

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The U.S. Senate this week unanimously passed the bipartisan Internet of Things Cybersecurity Improvement Act to strengthen the cybersecurity of Internet-connected devices. The legislation mandates that all Internet-connected devices purchased by the federal government must comply with minimum security recommendations from the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Public-sector providers of such devices also must alert federal agencies of any device vulnerabilities that could expose the government to cyberattack.

Bill co-sponsor Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) said, "Most experts expect tens of billions of devices operating on our networks within the next several years as the Internet of Things landscape continues to expand. We need to make sure these devices are secure from malicious cyberattacks as they continue to transform our society and add countless new entry points into our networks."

The legislation was passed unanimously by the House in September and now heads to President Trump for a signature.

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