The Senate passed legislation Jan. 8 that would establish an interagency panel to help prepare government and the private sector for the era of IoT.
The Developing Innovation and Growing the Internet of Things (DIGIT) Act, introduced last year by Sen. Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), would direct the Secretary of Commerce to convene a working group composed of federal stakeholders to study the ongoing explosion of growth in connected devices.
The panel would be charged with identifying federal regulations, statutes, grant practices, budgetary and jurisdictional challenges that may inhibit the development or deployment of IoT and how federal agencies could benefit from greater reliance on connected devices. It would also look into what kind of new security measures might be necessary for critical infrastructure and examine strategies to better coordinate cybersecurity policies across the federal government.