July 05, 2019
Interview by O’Ryan Johnson, CRN
Lawmakers Seek Improved Cyber Safeguards with IoT Security Bill
“Using the federal purchasing power to shape the wider, consumer, enterprise, and industrial markets for IoT devices…”
With the explosion of IoT devices on the market, and an accompanying desire by the U.S. government to use those products to streamline operations and find efficiencies, a bi-partisan group of lawmakers is pushing a bill that would set minimum standards for built-in security on IoT devices that are to be deployed on government networks.
The Internet of Things Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2019 — introduced by U.S. Senators Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) — would require the National Institute of Standards and Technology to issue recommendations that address secure development, identity management, patching, and configuration management for IoT devices.
Brendan Walsh, SVP of Partner Relations at 1901 Group, shares his insight on the bill and how its going to effect government and contractors, as well as how IoT is the future.
“I think it’s a very logical next step to bring that same kind of consistency or baseline or guidance to really an evolving amalgam of IoT. The MSPs who are in public sector already adhere to a high standard when you look at the NIST 800 series. Warner is trying to get NIST to provide a set of controls like they do for government systems and government contractor systems. I think it’s a natural progression. It is creating a baseline for IoT, which is so broad. I don’t think it is going to hinder or hurt us. I think standards are a good thing… There’s an inevitability to IoT. No one doubts that IoT is the future. It’s coming. Even if you don’t want it to, it is coming.”
– Brendan Walsh, SVP Partner Relations at 1901 Group
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Brendan leads our partner relations and management efforts and supports business development activities in addition to establishing strategic business alliances with leading cloud service providers and security solutions.