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FCC Considers Implementing Voluntary Cybersecurity Mark for Smart Devices | #hacking | #cybersecurity | #infosec | #comptia | #pentest | #ransomware

The Federal Communications Commission is soliciting public feedback on its plan to give smart device manufacturers the option to qualify for a U.S Cyber Mark on their products.

The agency on Thursday released a factsheet on the voluntary cybersecurity labeling program, three weeks after it issued a notice of proposed rulemaking.

The program would cover Internet of Things devices which, if approved, will bear the Cyber Mark declaring their safety and security for data privacy.

FCC is inviting recommendations on how to develop and qualify compliance with security standards that apply to different devices. The agency is also welcome to suggestions to ensure that the labels will not be exploited for unauthorized purposes.

“[N]ew devices—from smart televisions and thermostats to home security cameras, baby monitors, and fitness trackers…provide huge benefits because they can make our lives easier and more efficient. But this increased interconnection brings more than just convenience; it brings increased security risk,” FCC Chair Jessica Rosenworcel said in a statement. “That is why the Commission is proposing to put in place the first-ever voluntary cybersecurity labeling program for connected smart devices.”


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