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The Internet in EverythingFreedom and Security in a World with No Off Switch$
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Laura DeNardis

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780300233070

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300233070.001.0001

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Cyber-Physical Security

Cyber-Physical Security

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The Internet in Everything

Laura DeNardis

Yale University Press

This chapter explains how cybersecurity increasingly connects to consumer safety and critical industrial infrastructure, as well as the digital economy and systems of democracy. Thus, the stakes of cyber-physical security have never been higher. From attacks on the energy sector to the attacks on the consumer Internet of things and democracy, cybersecurity governance is an existential concern in society. Regrettably, security is woefully inadequate. Market incentives privilege rapid product introduction rather than strong security. The chapter then suggests baseline recommendations, across all stakeholders, necessary for improving the cyber-physical ecosystem. It also looks at how cyber-physical systems complicate and increasingly shape already-difficult global cybersecurity governance questions such as when governments choose to stockpile knowledge of software vulnerabilities for cyber offense, rather than disclose them to secure critical infrastructure.

Keywords:   cybersecurity, consumer safety, digital economy, democracy, cyber-physical security, cybersecurity governance, cyber-physical ecosystem, cyber-physical systems, cyber offense

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