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Governance of the Internet of Things (IoT)

by   Lawrence J. Trautman, et al.

Today's increasing rate of technological change results from the rapid growth in computer processing speed, when combined with the cost decline of processing capacity, and is of historical import. The daily life of billions of individuals worldwide has been forever changed by technology in just the last few years. Costly data breaches continue at an alarming rate. The challenge facing humans as they attempt to govern the process of artificial intelligence, machine learning, and the impact of billions of sensory devices connected to the Internet is the subject of this Article. We proceed in nine sections. First, we define the Internet of Things (IoT), comment on the explosive growth in sensory devices connected to the Internet, provide examples of IoT devices, and speak to the promise of the IoT. Second, we discuss legal requirements for corporate governance as a foundation for considering the challenge of governing the IoT. Third, we look at potential IoT threats. Fourth, we discuss the Mirai botnet. Fifth, is a look at the IoT threat vector vulnerabilities during times of crisis. Sixth, we discuss the Manufactured Usage Description (MUD) methodology. Seventh, is a discussion of recent regulatory developments. Next, we look at a few recommendations. And finally, we conclude. We believe this Article contributes to our understanding of the widespread exposure to malware associated with IoT and adds to the nascent but emerging literature on governance of enterprise risk, a subject of vital societal importance.


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