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IoT’s Role in Bridging the Gap Between Cyber and Physical Threats

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Erin Kenneally, a program manager within the Science and Technology Directorate at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, recently spoke with Insurance Journal's Elizabeth Blosfield about the threat of cyber-kinetic attacks as the internet of things (IoT) continues to bridge the gap between cyber and physical threats. Kenneally was a speaker at the 2018 PLUS Cyber Symposium in Chicago, Ill.

Kinetic cyber involves cyber attacks that cause physical damage, directly or indirectly, when vulnerable information systems and processes are exploited. She explained connectivity achieved through the IoT can create instances of a cyber attack causing physical harm, whether through medical devices, autonomous vehicles, the energy sector or elsewhere.

"It's an area that we're just not even barely scratching the surface on understanding the nature and the extent, the frequency and the severity of physical harm that can accrue from a cyber attack," she said.

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