Commerce's IoT Initiative to Catalog Security Standards

The effort will determine a shared definition of security upgradeability for consumer IoT.

The U.S. Commerce Department's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) will begin to catalog existing security standards through its Internet of Things (IoT) initiative. The goal is to develop a set of definitions regarding security upgradability for consumer IoT, ANSI reported.

This is in response to feedback on IoT, in which stakeholders asked for research into security and Commerce to address IoT security through voluntary multi-stakeholder processes.

The department supports the advancement of IoT, which it defines as a transformational evolution in global technology with the potential to benefit public safety, health care, governance, and the environment and improve the daily lives of workers and consumers.

NTIA's Working Group 1, Existing Standards, Tools, and Initiatives, is researching and reviewing existing IoT security standards and initiatives and will assess standardization efforts by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, IEEE Internet of Things, the Internet of Things Consortium, the International Organization for Standardization, and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), among others.

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