When Toasters Attack: A Polycentric Approach to Enhancing the ‘Security of Things’

54 Pages Posted: 16 Jan 2016 Last revised: 3 Mar 2016

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Scott Shackelford

Indiana University - Kelley School of Business - Department of Business Law; Harvard Kennedy School Belfer Center for Science & International Affairs; Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research; Stanford Center for Internet and Society; Stanford Law School

Anjanette Raymond

Indiana University - Kelley School of Business - Department of Business Law; Queen Mary University of London, School of Law; Indiana University Maurer School of Law

Rakshana Balakrishnan

Indiana University Bloomington

Prakhar Dixit

Indiana University Bloomington

Julianna Gjonaj

Indiana University Bloomington

Rachith Kavi

Indiana University Bloomington

Date Written: January 14, 2016

Abstract

There is a great deal of buzz surrounding the Internet of Things, which is the notion, simply put, that nearly everything not currently connected to the Internet from gym shorts to streetlights soon will be. The rise of “smart products” such as Internet-enabled refrigerators and self-driving cars holds the promise to revolutionize business and society. From 2013 to 2020, Microsoft has estimated that the number of Internet-enabled devices is expected to increase from 11 to 50 billion. To substantiate the coming wave, Samsung recently announced that all of its products would be connected to the Internet by 2020. Yet there has been relatively little attention paid to how we should go about regulating this explosion in connected devices, and still less about how cybersecurity should be enhanced across them. This Article analyzes possible approaches to regulating the Internet of Things to enhance cybersecurity with a particular focus on the literature of polycentric governance as a vehicle to help marry together bottom-up and top-down regulatory modalities.

Keywords: cybersecurity, cyber attack, Internet of Things

Suggested Citation

Shackelford, Scott J. and Raymond, Anjanette and Balakrishnan, Rakshana and Dixit, Prakhar and Gjonaj, Julianna and Kavi, Rachith, When Toasters Attack: A Polycentric Approach to Enhancing the ‘Security of Things’ (January 14, 2016). University of Illinois Law Review, 2017, Forthcoming; Kelley School of Business Research Paper No. 16-6. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2715799 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2715799

Scott J. Shackelford (Contact Author)

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Anjanette Raymond

Indiana University - Kelley School of Business - Department of Business Law ( email )

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Rakshana Balakrishnan

Indiana University Bloomington ( email )

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Prakhar Dixit

Indiana University Bloomington ( email )

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Julianna Gjonaj

Indiana University Bloomington ( email )

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Bloomington, IN 47405
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Rachith Kavi

Indiana University Bloomington ( email )

100 South Indiana Ave.
Bloomington, IN 47405
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