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Cisco’s Proactive Stance on Labels for Consumer IoT Devices

Cisco’s Proactive Stance on Labels for Consumer IoT Devices

In the latest episode of The 5G Factor, our series analysts Ron Westfall and Todd R. Weiss share their insights about Cisco’s proactive stance on labels for consumer IoT devices as part of Cisco’s IoT cybersecurity stand.

Cisco’s Proactive Stance on Labels for Consumer IoT Devices

Cisco is supporting new federal government efforts to improve consumer confidence and understanding of the security of IoT devices as part of the FCC’s ongoing Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on Cybersecurity Labeling for IoT. Cisco’s Product Security Incident Response Team (PSIRT) focuses on protecting customers from rapidly evolving cybersecurity threats and IoT device security is certainly no exception. Cisco has said it agrees with the idea of placing cybersecurity labels on IoT products to certify their integrated security to consumers, as well as the idea of sending out alerts from manufacturers when those devices become insecure. In this latest episode of The 5G Factor, we share our own insights as we agree with Cisco on this proposed rulemaking to dramatically improve IoT device security.

Watch The 5G Factor show here: 5G Factor: Snapshot of 5G and IoT Progress

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Ron is an experienced, customer-focused research expert and analyst, with over 20 years of experience in the digital and IT transformation markets, working with businesses to drive consistent revenue and sales growth.

He is a recognized authority at tracking the evolution of and identifying the key disruptive trends within the service enablement ecosystem, including a wide range of topics across software and services, infrastructure, 5G communications, Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), analytics, security, cloud computing, revenue management, and regulatory issues.

Prior to his work with The Futurum Group, Ron worked with GlobalData Technology creating syndicated and custom research across a wide variety of technical fields. His work with Current Analysis focused on the broadband and service provider infrastructure markets.

Ron holds a Master of Arts in Public Policy from University of Nevada — Las Vegas and a Bachelor of Arts in political science/government from William and Mary.

Todd joined The Futurum Group as an Analyst after over 20 years as a technology journalist covering such topic areas as artificial intelligence (AI), deep learning (DL), machine learning (ML), open source and Linux, high-performance computing, supercomputers, cloud computing, virtualization, containers and microservices, IT security and more.

Prior to his work with The Futurum Group, Todd previously served as managing editor of from 2020 through 2022 where he worked to drive coverage of AI use and innovation in the enterprise. He also served in the past as a staff writer for Computerworld and eWEEK and freelanced for a wide range of tech websites, including TechRepublic, Channel Futures and Channel Partners, Computerworld, PC World, Data Center Knowledge, IT Pro Today, and The Linux Foundation.

Todd holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. A Philadelphia native, he lives in Lancaster County, Pa., and spends his spare time tinkering with his vintage Mazda Miata convertible and collecting toy taxis from around the world.


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