Smart Factories, Dumb Policy?: Managing Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Risks in the Industrial Internet of Things
36 Pages Posted: 14 Oct 2018 Last revised: 16 Jun 2019
Date Written: September 20, 2018
There is a great deal of buzz surrounding the Internet of Things (IoT), which is the notion, simply put, that nearly everything not currently connected to the Internet from gym shorts to factories soon will be. The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is one application of this trend and involves the use of IoT technologies in manufacturing. It holds the promise to revolutionize manufacturing, but there are a number of outstanding cybersecurity and data privacy issues impacting the realization of the myriad benefits promised by IIoT proponents. This white paper analyzes some of these, focusing on: (1) critical infrastructure protection and cybersecurity due diligence, (2) trends in transatlantic data privacy protections, and (3) the regulation of new technologies like artificial intelligence (AI) and blockchain. The paper concludes with a list of options for state and federal policymakers to consider in an effort to harden the IIoT along with the supply chains critical to the continued development of smart factories.
Keywords: Cybersecurity, Internet of Things, Smart Factories, GDPR
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