A legislation initiative for defining IoT Federal cybersecurity standards

US House of Representatives member Robin Kelly introduces Internet of things (IoT) Federal Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2018. Introduced at the US House of Representatives, the bill would require all Internet-connected devices acquired by the government to meet basic cybersecurity standards. It would also pressure agencies to avoid using the lowest price criteria when choosing suppliers for devices. According to the legislation, the government could only purchase devices that accept security patches and allow users to change passwords. In addition, the vendors would need to notify of any security vulnerabilities they discover and issue software update as new threats arise. The bill was referred to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and to the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, to add considerations relevant to their jurisdictions