This project seeks to foster dialogue and debate around the benefits and policy challenges created by the growth of embedded and interconnected computing devices that deliver critical services, mediate our reality, and change the way we live.  The internet of things will produce immense opportunities, but it will also create new risks.  It will increase the need for security, privacy protection, and better processes for online identity.  The internet of things also changes the business dynamics of the internet and could reshape the internet's architecture, and the legal and policy challenges it raises will become increasingly difficult over time if we do not address them now.  Recognizing that, this project will investigate the size, scope, and opportunities provided by the internet of things; implications for privacy and identity; security challenges that will accompany its explosive growth; and implications for public policy. 


Leveraging the Internet of Things for  More Efficient and Effective Military
Authors: Denise E. Zheng, William A. Carter
September 2015

Decades ago, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) pioneered the sensor, computer networking, and communications technology that serve as the foundation of IoT, but today the U.S. military is struggling to equip its workforce with the basic functions provided by commercial smartphones. DoD continues to drive innovation in advanced sensors and control systems, but it is falling behind in deployment of IoT technologies that have the potential to deliver new capabilities and cost savings. Based on in-depth research and interviews with 29 government and industry executives and subject matter experts, this report suggests ways in which the U.S. military could better leverage IoT technologies to improve efficiency and effectiveness.

Managing Risk for the Internet of Things
Author: James A. Lewis
February 2016

The term Internet of Things (IoT) was first used in the 1990s to describe networked devices with computing power and Internet addresses. Like so many Internet predictions, the idea of an IoT was premature; but by 2008, machines outnumbered people as Internet “users.” These machines connect wirelessly, take action, and create data. IoT devices will perform progressively more functions, more efficiently and cheaper than nonnetworked devices. 

Dire warnings about the perils of IoT are easy to find. But these warnings misconstrue the nature of risk and the incremental innovation processes that make technologies safer. This new application of digital network technology raises many policy challenges, ranging from spectrum management to privacy, data localization, and employment. This report looks at risk and how we measure it, as a way to guide the development of policy.


Driving the Internet of Things 
Mar 2, 2015

Discussion about the opportunities and policy challenges created by the growth of the Internet of Things (IoT). Panelists will discuss new innovations in the transportation industry that IoT provides, from vehicle-to-vehicle communication to self-driving cars, and efforts by industry and government to address privacy, liability, security, and safety challenges.
O. Kevin Vincent, Chief Counsel. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Michael Westra. Sync Architecture/In-Vehicle Security Technical Expert, Ford Motor Company
John Pescatore, Director, Emerging Security Trends, SANS Institute

Enabling the Internet of Things
Dec 12, 2014

Discussion about new opportunities that IoT provides across different sectors from more efficient energy management to self-driving cars, and efforts by industry and government to address privacy, security, and safety challenges. 
Matt Scholl, Deputy Division Chief, NIST Computer Science Division
Hilary Cain, Director of Technology and Innovation Policy, Toyota
Mark Ryland, Chief Solutions Architect, World Wide Public Sector, Amazon Web Services
Jeff Greene, Director, Government Affairs North America and Senior Policy Counsel, Symantec Corporation

Leveraging IoT for a More Efficient and Effective Military
Nov 10, 2015

CSIS hosted a launch event for the final project report on the military's use of the Internet of Things. 
James E. Cartwright (USMC, ret), Harold Brown Chair in Defense Policy Studies, CSIS
Curtis W. Dukes, Director, Information Assurance Division, NSA
Chris Smith, VP Technology, AT&T Government Solutions
Closing Keynote:
Richard Hale, Deputy CIO for Cybersecurity, DOD


Technology, Privacy, and the Role of Government for the Internet of Things
Jan 29, 2015

CSIS Senior Fellow and Deputy Director of the Strategic Technologies Program Denise Zheng, speaks with Michael Chui and Sokwoo Rhee about opportunities for economic growth and the role of government in enabling the Internet of Things.
Guests: Michael Chui, Partner, McKinsey Global Institute; Sokwoo Rhee, Associate Director, Cyber-Physical Systems Program, NIST. 

Security and the Industrial Internet of Things
Dec 20, 2014

CSIS senior fellow and Deputy Director of the Strategic Technologies Program, Denise Zheng, talks with Marty Edwards about the "Industrial Internet of Things". 
Guest: Marty Edwards, Director, Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT), DHS