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NIST IR 8259 (2nd Public Draft)

Recommendations for IoT Device Manufacturers: Foundational Activities and Core Device Cybersecurity Capability Baseline

Date Published: January 2020
Comments Due: February 7, 2020 (public comment period is CLOSED)
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Michael Fagan (NIST), Katerina Megas (NIST), Karen Scarfone (Scarfone Cybersecurity), Matthew Smith (G2)


An incredible variety and volume of Internet of Things (IoT) devices are being produced. Manufacturers can help their customers by improving how securable the IoT devices they make are, meaning the devices provide functionality that their customers need to secure them within their systems and environments. Manufacturers can also help their customers by providing them with the cybersecurity-related information they need.

This second public draft of NISTIR 8259 describes activities related to cybersecurity that manufacturers should consider performing before their IoT devices are sold to customers. It builds upon NISTIR 8228, Considerations for Managing Internet of Things (IoT) Cybersecurity and Privacy Risks. This second public draft contains the same main concepts as the initial public draft, but their presentation has been revised to clarify the concepts and address other comments from the public. NIST encourages reviewers of the initial public draft to read this full draft.

A public comment period for this draft document is open until February 7, 2020.

NOTE: A call for patent claims is included on page iv of this draft.  For additional information, see the Information Technology Laboratory (ITL) Patent Policy--Inclusion of Patents in ITL Publications

[The initial public draft (from 7/31/19) is available at (the link under "Document History" is currently not functioning correctly).]



cybersecurity baseline; cybersecurity risk; Internet of Things (IoT); manufacturing; risk management; risk mitigation; securable computing devices; software development
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Document History:
07/31/19: IR 8259 (Draft)
01/07/20: IR 8259 (Draft)
05/29/20: IR 8259 (Final)


Security and Privacy

risk management


cyber-physical systems, Internet of Things

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