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Cybersecurity Labels for Smart Devices are On Their Way

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The White House.

If all goes as planned, the program will be operating in 2024, according to a Biden administration press release.

Credit: Demetrius Freeman/The Washington Post

The Biden administration is rolling out a voluntary program today to label Internet of Things devices—like smart refrigerators and baby monitors —if they meet cybersecurity benchmarks, similar to the Energy Star labeling program for energy-efficient products.

"We now routinely rely on internet and Bluetooth-enabled devices for tasks as basic as adjusting our thermostat or as complex as securing our homes while we're away," Anne Neuberger, deputy national security adviser for cyber and emerging technology at the National Security Council, told reporters Monday in advance of a White House event. "Poorly secured products enable attackers to gain a foothold in American homes and offices, and steal data or cause disruption."

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