The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is seeking nominations for a new Internet of Things (IoT) Advisory Board to advise the recently established Internet of Things Federal Working Group. Nominations are due by February 28, 2022.
Formed in response to Executive Order 14028, the working group will focus on policies that impact IoT, the digital networks that comprise countless connections and devices. The Executive Order allocates federal resources to building a more robust cybersecurity presence in the U.S. and requests that NIST create the two programs to advise and study the IoT and how secure data are within this network.
“The Internet of Things is already transforming our world, providing detailed information that can improve air quality, traffic congestion, medical care and more,” said U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo. “We would like this board to represent a broad spectrum of IoT experts from industry, academia and nonprofit organizations who can provide advice on IoT ranging from rural concerns to transportation, security and health care topics.”
The advisory board will advise the federal working group on matters including the identification of any federal regulations, programs or policies that may inhibit or promote the development of IoT; situations in which IoT could deliver significant and scalable economic and societal benefits to the United States; IoT opportunities and challenges for small businesses; and any IoT-related international opportunities for the U.S. The advisory board may also contribute to the pilot cybersecurity labeling criteria program, a program which would require manufacturers of select technological products to provide labels detailing the device’s security information for the benefit of consumers.
The board will consist of 16 members representing a wide range of stakeholders outside of the federal government with expertise relating to the Internet of Things. Board members will serve two-year terms.
More information about how to submit a nomination can be found in the Federal Register notice. Nominations are due by 5 p.m. EST February 28, 2022.