Congressional Proposal to Advance Internet of Things

Earlier this month, the bipartisan U.S. Senate Internet of Things (IoT) Working Group – U.S. Sens. Cory Booker (D-NJ), Deb Fischer (R-NE), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), and Brian Schatz (D-HI) – introduced bipartisan legislation to advance U.S. leadership on IoT standardization and adoption both in public and private sectors.

Kyle Victor, Director of Government Relations, VMware

Kyle Victor, Director of Government Relations, VMware

The bill, known as the Developing Innovation and Growing the Internet of Things (DIGIT) Act, would direct U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker to create a federal IoT Working Group comprised of both federal and private entity stakeholders. Among other things, the IoT Working Group would be asked to examine device security and network security of IoT moving forward. The IoT Working Group would then provide recommendations to Congress to plan for and encourage growth IoT in the U.S.

Upon introduction, VMware commended the Senate IoT Working Group for introducing legislation to promote security within the IoT ecosystem. This bill is an important step forward in giving security considerations proper focus as Congress and the federal government develop policies to promote IoT in our economy.

VMware sees an opportunity to play a unique role in network security around IoT. VMware Chief Research Officer David Tennenhouse has joined VMware’s government relations team in meetings with key Members of Congress, including the Co-Chairs of the House IoT Caucus, Representatives Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Susan DelBene (D-WA), along with senior staff of the Senate IoT Working Group. These meetings highlighted the importance of securing the IoT pipeline, specifically the need to secure connection points for Internet-connected devices and to enable secure connections to protected data-centers, segmented networks, and secure applications for any Internet-connected device. As more and more attention turns to policy and standards around IoT, the opportunity grows for VMware and other technology leaders to partner with the federal government and our customers to ensure IoT security.