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Internet of Things Device Cybersecurity and National Security
by England, Suzanne K., M.S., Utica College, 2020, 62; 28094260
Abstract (Summary)

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a complex system of electronic devices interconnected through the Internet. The technological race among adversary nations to the United States of America is a catalyst for building the IoT. The Russian government’s detonation of nuclear weapons in 1952 and the launch of Sputnik I in 1957 motivated the United States to develop the ARPANET. Carnegie Mellon University’s Coca-Cola Machine status led to the creation of the first ARPANET connected device. IoT devices range in size and shape to include but are not limited to smartphones, medical devices, light bulbs, satellites, routers, refrigerators, and televisions. The purpose of this research project was to analyze the cybersecurity of the IoT devices to provide recommendations for ameliorating the security of IoT devices. This project intended to answer what are the cybersecurity attack vectors of IoT devices, can the cybersecurity weaknesses within IoT devices be identified and mitigated, what is the national security threat related to IoT device cybersecurity? The findings conclude that IoT devices are subject to cyber-attacks through the principal IoT device components, which include hardware, software, and wireless connectivity. The IoT devices and their component creation require cybersecurity risk management at all stages of the IoT device life cycle. Attack vector mitigation finds standardization, education, and experience as solutions to lessen the risks. Standards connect IoT device cybersecurity to national security while standardization and education mitigate the risks. The threat to national security is the outsourced manufacturing of IoT device components to adversary nations.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Pantani, Paul
Commitee: Hagestad, William, II, Popyack, Leonard
School: Utica College
Department: Cybersecurity
School Location: United States -- New York
Source: MAI 82/3(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Computer science, Criminology, Information science
Keywords: Attack vectors, DoD, IoTSF, NIST
Publication Number: 28094260
ISBN: 9798664796216
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