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DHS issues guidance on securing the Internet of Things

The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has published ‘Strategic Principles for Securing the Internet of Things (IoT), Version 1.0,’ a set of principles that highlight approaches and suggested practices to fortify the security of the IoT. The guidance aims to equip stakeholders to make responsible and risk-based security decisions as they design, manufacture, and use Internet-connected devices and systems.

“The growing dependency on network-connected technologies is outpacing the means to secure them,” said Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson.  “We increasingly rely on functional networks to advance life-sustaining activities, from self-driving cars to the control systems that deliver water and power to our homes.  Securing the Internet of Things has become a matter of homeland security. The guidance we issued today is an important step in equipping companies with useful information so they can make informed security decisions.”

The principles focus on the following key areas: incorporating security at the design phase; advancing security updates and vulnerability management; building on proven security practices; prioritizing security based on potential impacts; promoting transparency across the IoT ecosystem; and connecting carefully and deliberately.

To obtain Strategic Principles for Securing the Internet of Things (IoT), Version 1.0 and to find out more go to www.dhs.gov/securingtheIoT


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