What California's IoT Cybersecurity Law Means for Consumers

What California’s IoT Cybersecurity Law Means for Consumers

California is trailblazing public policy once again with new cybersecurity standards for web-connected “smart” devices.

The bill, SB-327, signed recently into law by Gov. Jerry Brown, seeks to set baseline cybersecurity standards for Internet of Things (IoT) devices from thermostats to webcams to cars.

Starting in 2020, any manufacturer of a device that connects to the internet, such as Amazon or Google, must equip it with “reasonable” security features.

Those “reasonable” security measures could include having a unique, preprogrammed password on a device or making you create a password before using the device the first time.

The bill could lay the groundwork for stronger IoT cybersecurity legislation at both the state and federal level.

So far none of the three IoT-related bills in Congress has gained much traction.

Read more at The Verge.