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FCC Introduces 'U.S. Cyber Trust Mark' Program to Enhance Cybersecurity in Smart Products

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has established a voluntary cybersecurity labeling program for wireless consumer Internet of Things (IoT) products. This program aims to help consumers make informed purchasing decisions and incentivize manufacturers to meet higher cybersecurity standards. Key points of the program include:

  • Qualifying consumer smart products meeting robust cybersecurity standards will bear a label, initially called the "U.S. Cyber Trust Mark."

  • The label will include a QR code for consumers to scan, providing details about the product's security, such as support period and automatic software updates.

  • Oversight will be provided by the FCC, while approved third-party label administrators will manage activities like evaluating product applications and consumer education.

  • Compliance testing will be conducted by accredited labs.

  • Eligible products may include home security cameras, voice-activated shopping devices, appliances, fitness trackers, garage door openers, and baby monitors.

  • The Commission seeks public comment on additional disclosure requirements, such as the origin of software/firmware development and data storage locations.

  • The program is a response to the growing number of cybersecurity threats targeting IoT devices and aims to build on existing public-private sector efforts in IoT cybersecurity and labeling.

The program underscores the importance of collaboration between stakeholders to enhance consumer confidence and trust in IoT technology.

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