The U.S. Commerce Departmentâ€”National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA)â€”continued its cybersecurity multi-stakeholderÂ process on Thursday, July 19 with a meeting on software component transparency and Internet of Things (IoT) security.
Participants discussed the challenges around greater transparency for the software supply chain and how transparency can help improve security.Â As more brands and retailers add “smart” features to accessories and apparelÂ and with the modern development of software, some products may go to market withÂ vulnerable or out-of-date software componentsâ€”leading to increased security risks.
Since the Fashion Innovation Alliance’s (FIA) launch in 2016, FIA has actively participated in NTIA’s initiatives around IoT and cybersecurity. FIA submitted official comments to NTIA in 2016 and 2017 on the agency’s IoT initiative, and FIA Founder Kenya Wiley presented on connected fashion at NTIA’sÂ IoT workshop in 2016. The Commerce DepartmentÂ also noted the Fashion Innovation Alliance and fashion tech as part of the IoT ecosystem in its 2017 IoT report,Â available here.