Consumer Cybersecurity Labeling for IoT Devices: A Q&A with NIST’s Katerina Megas

In your own words, how would you define the Internet of Things?

Why are IoT devices and software vulnerable to cyberattack? What are some of the consequences if they were to be compromised?

What does the May 12, 2021, Presidential Executive Order on Improving the Nation’s Cybersecurity (14028) direct NIST to do with regards to consumer labeling of IoT devices? How will this effort roll out?

  • What should the manufacturer do to support cybersecurity of their product?
  • How do we know that they’re meeting those criteria?
  • How do we communicate to the customer they’ve been met?

What benefits will consumers see with this new labeling initiative?

What are some of the challenges and practical considerations to consumer software labeling?

Do you use IoT devices in your own home? If so, what do you do to ensure they’re safe and secure?

What most excites you about the field of IoT research/devices?

How did you get into cybersecurity and/or IoT as a career field?



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