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FCC wants to help you pick secure smart devices with new label

2023-07-18 19:36 by


The Biden Administration is working alongside tech companies to put in place a cybersecurity certification and labeling program on participating smart devices. Google, Amazon, Samsung, and Best Buy are among those who will be implementing labels on their devices to indicate they are less vulnerable to cyberattacks.

The program will draw from the National Institute of Standards and Technology cybersecurity recommendations, including the requirement of unique and strong default passwords, data protection, software updates and incident detection capabilities. Officials noted that the program is similar to the Energy Star labeling program the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy operate to promote energy efficiency.

"The goal is to make this something that consumers look for in the marketplace and that product manufacturers want to use," said FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel.

As part of the program, NIST will also define specific cybersecurity requirements for consumer-grade routers, another frequent hacker target. The requirements are expected to be reported to the FCC by the end of the year. The Department of Energy will research and develop a cybersecurity labeling requirement for smart meters and power inverters.

The pending label and program behind it will "raise the bar" for cybersecurity in the home, the Biden-Harris administration said in a release.

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