The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is expected to announce a series of guidelines for developing and securing the Internet of Things (IoT) devices at The Security of Things Forum in Cambridge, Mass., On Thursday, in accordance with The Security Ledger, one of the co-hosts of the event.
Robert Silvers, DHS Assistant Secretary-General for Digital Policy, is expected to present and ask questions about an incomplete set of guidelines on IoT security.
"We think of everybody. Government industries and consumers need to take their safety seriously so that it is built on IoT devices. And we have to do it now, before we develop an entire ecosystem, "Silvers told Paul Roberts, Editor-in-Chief and Founder of The Security Ledger.
DHS has played a very important role in the infosec community in the US and around the world, being the head of the US Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) and one of the main sponsors of the National Vulnerabilities Database (NVD) .
DHS is not the only body government which examines the development of guidelines for IoT safety, but it certainly has the strongest voice and the largest sphere of influence.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued guidelines for securing smart medical devices against cyber attacks, while FTC has set the stage to create guidelines for securing private customer data on IoT devices.
At infosec community, IoT security has become the laugh, with new reports on unsafe IoT devices being released on a daily basis. If you're curious, today's unsafe IoT device is it BT Wi-Fi Extender, after security researchers from Pen Test Partners published a report explaining in detail their multiple vulnerabilities.
Even the Tor Project perceived IoT insecurity and has attached an alliance to other projects to create a technology to secure client-server communications for IoT devices using the Tor network.