Avoiding the Internet of Insecure Industrial Things

Computer Law and Security Review (Forthcoming)

25 Pages Posted: 11 Dec 2017

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Lachlan Urquhart

University of Edinburgh - School of Law; Horizon Digital Economy Research Institute

Derek McAuley

University of Nottingham

Date Written: December 6, 2017

Abstract

Security incidents such as targeted distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks on power grids and hacking of factory industrial control systems (ICS) are on the increase. This paper unpacks where emerging security risks lie for the industrial internet of things, drawing on both technical and regulatory perspectives. Legal changes are being ushered by the European Union (EU) Network and Information Security (NIS) Directive 2016 and the General Data Protection Regulation 2016 (GDPR) (both to be enforced from May 2018). We use the case study of the emergent smart energy supply chain to frame, scope out and consolidate the breadth of security concerns at play, and the regulatory responses. We argue the industrial IoT brings four security concerns to the fore, namely: appreciating the shift from offline to online infrastructure; managing temporal dimensions of security; addressing the implementation gap for best practice; and engaging with infrastructural complexity. Our goal is to surface risks and foster dialogue to avoid the emergence of an Internet of Insecure Industrial Things.

Keywords: Industrial internet of things, cybersecurity, network and information security, data protection, smart grids, industrial control systems, autonomous vehicles

Suggested Citation

Urquhart, Lachlan and McAuley, Derek, Avoiding the Internet of Insecure Industrial Things (December 6, 2017). Computer Law and Security Review (Forthcoming). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3083605

Lachlan Urquhart (Contact Author)

University of Edinburgh - School of Law

Old College
South Bridge
Edinburgh, EH8 9YL
United Kingdom

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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