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Cybersecurity Implications of the Industrial Internet of Things 

TILTing Perspectives 2017: Regulating a Connected World, Tilburg, Netherlands, 17-19 May 2017

8 Pages Posted: 22 May 2017  

Lachlan Urquhart

Horizon Digital Economy Research Institute

Derek McAuley

University of Nottingham

Date Written: May 22, 2017

Abstract

Security incidents like targeted distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks on power grids and industrial control system (ICS) hacks in factories are on the increase. This short paper unpacks where emerging security threats lie for industrial internet of things, considering both engineering and regulatory perspectives. We frame our analysis with the example of the smart energy supply chain, from exploration to consumption, examining emerging threat landscape for industrial IoT, particularly where new vulnerabilities may arise.

Changes deriving from the EU Network and Information Security (NIS) Directive 2016, the GDPR and UK/EU Cyber Security Strategies are key considerations. We argue industrial IoT bring four security elements to the fore, namely: the shift from offline to online, temporal dimensions of security, the implementation gap for best practice, and challenges of managing infrastructural complexity.

Keywords: industrial internet of things; cybersecurity; network and information security directive 2016; general data protection regulation 2016

Suggested Citation

Urquhart, Lachlan and McAuley, Derek, Cybersecurity Implications of the Industrial Internet of Things  (May 22, 2017). TILTing Perspectives 2017: Regulating a Connected World, Tilburg, Netherlands, 17-19 May 2017. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2971991

Lachlan Urquhart (Contact Author)

Horizon Digital Economy Research Institute ( email )

University of Nottingham Innovation Park
Triumph Road
Nottingham, NG7 2TU
United Kingdom

Derek McAuley

University of Nottingham ( email )

University Park
Nottingham, NG8 1BB
United Kingdom

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