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IoT needs security, says Microsoft without even a small trace of irony

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Still reeling from criticism over the WannaCrypt attack, Microsoft has stuck its hat on a stick and raised it out of the trench to see how its proposals for Internet of Things security might be received.

Since IoT security is almost uniformly awful, it’s probably a good thing that the creator of Windows XP Embedded wants to try and clean up some of the Internet of S**t before things get even worse.

Redmond’s white paper (PDF) – are you sitting down? – reckons the tech sector can’t fix things alone, and government should get involved, at the very least helping develop policies and guidelines.

What’s government’s role in this? The white paper sets out three areas it wants governments to create policies to support:

  • Serve as catalysts for the development of good IoT security practices;
  • Build cross-disciplinary partnerships that encourage public-private collaboration and inter-agency cooperation; and
  • Support initiatives that improve IoT security across borders.

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