BITAG lays down its recommendations for IoT industry

BITAG lays down its recommendations for IoT industry

On Tuesday, the Broadband Internet Technical Advisory Group (BITAG) put forth its recommendations for the rapidly growing ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT) industry, suggesting a few security standards for IoT devices.

The BITAG was formed in 2010 by former FCC Chief Technologist Dale Hatfield, together with bigwig tech companies like Google, Microsoft, Intel, Verizon, Comcast, and Time Warner Cable, among others. The key objective behind the formation of the group was to lay down some of the best practices for broadband management and security.

According to BITAG’s Tuesday recommendations, a few security standards that need to be put in place for IoT devices include automatic, secure and timely software updates; password protection; and increased testing of customization options.

In addition, the BITAG has also recommended the implementation of encryption best practices; as well as the capability for IoT devices – specifically home alarm systems – to continue functioning even in case of disruptions to Internet connectivity or the cloud.

Despite the fact that BITAG does not have any actionable authority to have the recommendations enforced on the IoT industry, the suggestions outlined by the group clearly hint at its aspiration for establishing an industry cybersecurity program which includes a seal for certified "secure" devices.


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