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Drew Miroff Quoted in <i>Indiana Lawyer</i>: "Internet of Things in Manufacturing Creates New Data, Drew Miroff Quoted in <i>Indiana Lawyer</i>: "Internet of Things in Manufacturing Creates New Data,

Drew Miroff Quoted in Indiana Lawyer: "Internet of Things in Manufacturing Creates New Data, Cybersecurity Questions"

Drew MiroffIce Miller LLP partner Drew Miroff was quoted in the Indiana Lawyer article, "Internet of Things in Manufacturing Creates New Data, Cybersecurity Questions."

The article included:

With these new high-tech jobs in the manufacturing industry come new legal questions that must be answered by attorneys working in the industry. Drew Miroff, a complex business litigation partner at Ice Miller LLP, said the biggest legal question right now is how to deal with the connectivity of technology in a manufacturing plant.

Machines on a factory floor now talk to one another, Miroff said, working together to provide real-time updates on productivity and how different pieces of equipment are being used. Millwood said the data from those “conversations” can then be used for predictive analytics about plant operations.

Often, even the products made by these machines are embedded with technology that allows the manufacturer to track their use, Miroff said. White gave the example of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which was operated by a Rolls Royce engine. After the plane’s disappearance, Rolls Royce was able to review data about the engine’s operations.

Though useful, such data creates new questions concerning data liability and privacy, Miroff said. Who owns that data? Who controls it? Who’s in charge of monitoring it?

Then there are the cybersecurity questions. How do we protect our intellectual property? How do we guard against a hack? If we get hacked, whose fault is it?

“Is it the programmer? The owner?” Miroff said. “You’ve got a lot more players.”


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