NSTAC Report to the President on the Internet of Things   [open pdf - 954KB]

"The rapid adoption of smart, adaptive, and connected devices-the 'Internet of Things' (IoT)-is occurring across virtually all critical infrastructure sectors. Moreover, this is happening at a speed that far outpaces earlier technological developments. The IoT will bring significant societal benefits, many of which are already being realized through increased efficiencies, early detection of faults, improved reliability and resilience, and more. But the rapid and massive connection of these devices also brings with it risks, including new attack vectors, new vulnerabilities, and perhaps most concerning of all, a vastly increased ability to use remote access to cause physical destruction. Recognizing this, the Executive Office of the President, specifically the National Security Council, tasked the President's National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee (NSTAC) to examine the cybersecurity implications of the IoT within the context of national security and emergency preparedness (NS/EP). The NSTAC found that IoT adoption will increase in both speed and scope, and that it will impact virtually all sectors of our society. The Nation's challenge is ensuring that the IoT's adoption does not create undue risk. Additionally, the NSTAC determined that there is a small-and rapidly closing-window to ensure that IoT is adopted in a way that maximizes security and minimizes risk. If the country fails to do so, it will be coping with the consequences for generations."

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