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CIRA Report: China’s Internet of Things

By October 25, 2018April 29th, 2023No Comments

On October 25, 2018, the United States-China Economic and Security Review Commission (USCC) released CIRA’s commissioned report entitled “China’s Internet of Things.” The Internet of Things (IoT) — the interconnection of physical and virtual things via information and communication technologies — is being applied to virtually every sector from smart thermostats in households to swarms of autonomous drones in the battlefield. This report, contracted by the USCC and authored by SOS International, outlines China’s state-led approach to IoT development, assesses the implications for the U.S. economy, national security, and the privacy of U.S. data, and makes recommendations for U.S. policymakers. To produce the report, CIRA analysts made use of SOSi Exovera’s proprietary analytical toolset.

China’s concerted, state-led approach, including ongoing efforts to influence international IoT standards, has put China in a position to credibly compete against the United States and other leaders in the emerging IoT industry. China’s research into IoT security vulnerabilities and its growing civil-military cooperation raise concerns about gaining unauthorized access to IoT devices and sensitive data. In addition, China’s authorized access to the IoT data of U.S. consumers will only grow as Chinese IoT companies leverage their advantages in production and cost to gain market share in the United States based on the terms of use and sweeping Chinese government data access powers.

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