DHS: Securing Internet of Things a matter of homeland security

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has released guidelines for internet of things cybersecurity, the second federal agency to do so on Tuesday.

The DHS guide offers advice on improving security while products are being designed, risk management, supporting updates and general security mindfulness.

It’s report, “Strategic Principles for Securing the Internet of Things (IoT), Version 1.0” takes a broad-strokes approach to explaining best practices.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology released a guide for engineering secure internet-connected devices on Tuesday morning. Its recommendations are a far more granular look at the issue. 

“The growing dependency on network-connected technologies is outpacing the means to secure them,” said Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson.  

“Securing the Internet of Things has become a matter of homeland security. The guidance we issued today is an important step in equipping companies with useful information so they can make informed security decisions.”