House Democrats Pressure FTC on Stronger IoT Cybersecurity

House Democrats Pressure FTC on Stronger IoT Cybersecurity

Many issues will be discussed and voted upon in today’s election, but a recently submitted letter from House Democrats to the Federal Trade Commission addresses a crucial matter in the TecHome industry … cybersecurity.

Rep. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) and Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) serve on the House Energy and Commerce Committee and penned a letter to FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez regarding the House’s concerns regarding cybersecurity and the Internet of Things (IoT).

Pallone is the ranking member of the full Energy and Commerce Committee, and Schakowsky is the ranking member on its Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade Subcommittee.

These concerns come in the wake of the recent DDoS attack, which used connected devices to cause significant Internet outages across the entire country. You can read the full letter here.

Pallone and Schakowsky wrote in their letter: “First, the FTC should call on IoT device manufacturers to implement security measures, including patching vulnerabilities and requiring consumers to change the default passwords on devices during the setup process. Second, the FTC should alert consumers to the security risks posed by continuing to use default passwords on IoT devices.”

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As IoT devices continue to escalate in the home technology industry, cybersecurity will equally grow as a dominant desire of consumers, builders and integrators alike. Clients crave smart, connected devices, but they also want privacy and protection from unwanted outside forces.

Based on this letter, the protection needs to begin with the manufacturers of IoT devices. Pallone and Schakowsky asked that the FTC “immediately use all the tools at its disposal to ensure that manufacturers of IoT devices implement strong security measures to best protect consumers from cyberattacks.” Now, the ball is in the FTC’s court, and we will have to see how they respond to the House’s requests.

Builders and integrators play a significant role in this as well. By staying knowledgable on industry trends and standards, these TecHome professionals can offer the best and safest possible options to their clients.

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About The Author

Greg Vellante is a staff writer and multimedia specialist at TecHome Builder, as well as a content coordinator for AE Ventures events. He has over a decade of experience writing for various publications on topics that range from cinema to editorials to home technology. His favorite technologies fall into the A/V and home entertainment realm, and he’s keeping a close eye on the rising trends in robotics and virtual/augmented reality. Greg resides in Boston, holds a degree in Media Studies from Emerson College and pursues screenwriting/filmmaking in his free time.

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