Bill Would Beef Up Security in Smart Devices
Legislation introduced this month by Assemblywoman Jacqui Irwin would require that manufacturers equip smart devices with security features. At issue is how to beef up the security on the billions of gadgets that connect to the Internet — the “Internet of Things” or “IoT” devices that the FBI last year warned have much less robust security features than a home computer or phone.
A smart thermostat, printer, security camera or lightbulb. Homeowners can now install these items that connect to the Internet, and life is suddenly much more convenient. But it can also be a big security risk.
Who should address that risk — government or the industry — will be a question before the California Legislature this year. Legislation...