The Internet of Things (IoT) has garnered much attention, including those in charge of cybersecurity. Federal News Radio brought this information to our attention in their article, “NIST lays out roadmap for Internet of Things security.”

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) recently gave federal agencies and private industry a better roadmap to future IoT cybersecurity concerns. The draft version of its interagency report on the state of IoT cyber standards warned developers that without a standardized set of cybersecurity requirements in place, many IoT devices could be vulnerable to cyberattacks.

While the IoT has become prevalent in many consumer electronics over the last few years, the agency warns that as the technology becomes more widespread, it presents more of an opportunity for malicious actors.

To drive home the point, NIST cited the October 2016 cyber attack on Dyn, a company that monitors and routes internet traffic. By infecting internet-connected devices with malware, malicious actors overwhelmed Dyn’s systems through a denial-of-service attack, and temporarily brought down a number of major websites.

Melody K. Smith

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