Implement NIST IoT cybersecurity guidelines early



Users can easily know if a product complies with the Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive (RoHS) or Underwriters Laboratory (UL) certification because products are clearly labeled. There is little guidance, however, on adherence of effective cybersecurity requirements for Internet of Things (IoT) tools. Soon, IoT device and software companies will be able to provide clear information directly on their packaging that certifies their solutions’ cybersecurity status and safety.

On February 4, 2022, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) issued draft recommendations for IoT labeling criteria in response to President Biden’s Executive Order (EO) on “Improving the Nation’s Cybersecurity.” The NIST recommendations outline cybersecurity criteria for an IoT product labeling program that would include label criteria and design considerations for user education and conformity assessment.

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