The US Federal Government Zooms in on IoT Cybersecurity

DAR DIAMANT

Product Marketing Manager

July 3, 2024

As IoT device usage continues to expand across various sectors in the US, government efforts to ensure that these devices are not only effective but secure are intensifying. Recognizing the potential vulnerabilities that come with interconnected devices, several initiatives and regulations have been set to bolster cybersecurity defenses in the IoT landscape.

FCC’s Cyber Trust Mark Labeling Program

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has introduced the Cyber Trust Mark Labeling Program, which, although voluntary, aims to elevate cybersecurity standards across IoT devices. Scheduled to be fully operational by late 2024, this program encourages manufacturers to adopt robust cybersecurity measures, offering a label that signifies compliance with high-security standards. This initiative fosters transparency and enhances consumer trust in IoT products.

SEC Cybersecurity Incident Reporting for Public Companies

In a major move to enhance transparency and security, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) enacted a regulation in 2023 that requires public companies to report material cybersecurity incidents within four business days. This rule aims to provide stakeholders with timely information on potential cyber threats and the company’s cybersecurity posture, in an effort to promote a more informed and secure investment landscape.

The SEC’s regulation also underscores the critical role of corporate governance in managing cyber risks. CEOs, CFOs, CISOs, and CIOs are explicitly tasked with ensuring compliance, reflecting the regulation’s comprehensive approach to cybersecurity, which includes stringent accountability for top executives.

Gain a comprehensive understanding of each regulation’s potential impact on the mobility ecosystem with Upstream’s recent report on the IoT regulatory landscape

These newly formed measures highlight the US government’s commitment to securing the IoT ecosystem and protecting it from cyber threats. The cybersecurity regulations in the US are setting standards and demanding rigorous compliance, fostering a safer environment for IoT technologies.

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