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6 steps to IoT security

Mike Raymond

In June, Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), the ranking member of the Federal Spending Oversight and Emergency Management Subcommittee, sent out a detailed memo asking agencies to answer questions in six key categories about their legacy IT spending and modernization efforts. The timing of this call to action was incredibly important given the pandemic and the strain it has put on legacy IT systems, which is not a new problem, but one that was thrust back into the spotlight.

“The public health emergency caused by COVID-19 underscores the need for federal agencies to invest in modernizing current IT systems that cannot meet mission critical expectations in a crisis,” she wrote. “Failing to do so could result in costly errors, security vulnerabilities, and inability to serve the American people.”

In July, the National Security Agency and the Cybersecurity and infrastructure Security Agency urged the Defense Department, essential national security systems, the defense industrial base and U.S. critical infrastructure facilities to...

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