This piece was originally published in the August 2016 issue of electroindustry.
Steve Griffith, PMP, Industry Director, NEMA
The third annual Internet of Things World 2016, took place May 16–18 in Santa Clara, California, in the heart of Silicon Valley. Spanning three days and attracting well over 3,000 attendees, the conference brought together thought leadership speakers and 11 tracks of content, including Smart Homes and Smart Cities, IoT and the Cloud, IoT Security, Wearables, Industrial IoT, and Healthcare.
Arlette Hart, the FBI’s chief information security officer (CISO), raised several thought-provoking questions in her keynote presentation, “What Is Security in an Interconnected World?” She addressed many issues of interest to NEMA:
- As data trends from physical to logical realms, who is managing data and where is it located?
- The boundaries in cybersecurity’s role are becoming more difficult to control.
- The IoT enables safety and security.
- Privacy concerns are increasing.
- Are regulations needed?
- Emerging technology has a double-edged impact: technology does not care who uses it (e.g., the same device that reports criminal activity can also take pictures of a birthday party).
- What can a CISO do?
- Can location and time limits be imposed on assets? Who has permission to access assets?
- There are different kinds of assets (e.g., intellectual property, financial data, HR records).
- Supporting capabilities of vendor and subcontracts management is becoming a key issue.
- Industry awareness is increasing.
- Government cannot solve these problems alone.
- Companies need to develop incident response plans before events happen.