More prevalent than ever before, Internet of Things (“IOT”) devices, a term that includes connected “smart” devices, such as internet connected TVs, wearables, smart speakers, such as the Amazon Echo and Google Home, are fast becoming a staple of how we interact with each other, and obtain and consume entertainment and information. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (“NIST”) has recently published two concurrent publications that provide important new guidance in this space. IOT device manufacturers have a multipart problem when designing security processes and procedures for their devices. Security will depend on not only the device itself, but also its interactions with human users, and those other resources and systems that the devices interact with.
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