The Cybersecurity 202: Here’s what security researchers want policymakers to know about the Internet of Things


Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-Va.) on Capitol Hill in Washington on July 17. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg)

It’s been almost exactly one year since lawmakers — prompted by a massive cyberattack that disabled huge chunks of the Internet — floated a bipartisan bill to set the first cybersecurity standards for the broad group of devices known as the Internet of Things.

In the time since, Congress hasn’t done much with the legislation from Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-Va.) and Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) introduced in August 2017. But security researchers at the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas tell me there’s only more urgency now to boost security of connected devices, which include connected thermostats, smartwatches, pacemakers and even shower heads (yes, really).

“We tend to not want to regulate tech and IoT,” said Josh Corman, founder of I Am The Cavalry, a grass-roots initiative focused on the security of

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