Avoiding the internet of insecure industrial things

Urquhart, Lachlan and McAuley, Derek (2018) Avoiding the internet of insecure industrial things. Computer Law and Security Review, 34 (3). pp. 450-466. ISSN 0267-3649

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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.

Item Type: Article
RIS ID: https://nottingham-repository.worktribe.com/output/944284
Keywords: Industrial internet of things; cybersecurity; network and information security; data protection; smart grids; industrial control systems; autonomous vehicles
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Science > School of Computer Science
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.clsr.2017.12.004
Depositing User: Urquhart, Lachlan
Date Deposited: 11 Dec 2017 11:50
Last Modified: 04 May 2020 19:44
URI: https://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/48592

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