I have long been advocating that vendors of IoT devices need to up their cybersecurity smarts. Now, at the RSA conference we have heard that even libertarians are now in agreement.
Regulating this market is one way to improve it. Vendors providing easy to implement tool-kits is another. Many of these devices come from small Chinese hardware shops where cybersecurity has not been seen as a high priority. However, even some well known USA/European vendors fail to keep their IoT devices patched and in good shape.
You know IoT security is bad when libertarians call for strict regulation 'When the internet crashes into the real world and people get killed' you'll be sorry 15 Feb 2017 at 20:55, Iain Thomson RSA USA We all know the vast majority of Internet-of-Things devices haven’t anything more than a fig leaf for protection. Now the unlikeliest of folks are calling for rules to improve IoT security: libertarians. In a session today at the RSA infosec conference in San Francisco, Olaf Kolkman, the Internet Society’s chief internet technology officer, and Bruce Schneier, IBM Resilient’s CTO and the bloke who literally wrote the book on cryptography, found themselves in an unlikely alliance on the matter of IoT security. Essentially, Kolkman has called for strict industry requirements to bring IoT defenses up to scratch. Schneier, an anti-regulation libertarian, agrees,gets.