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At the end of March, Intel, IBM, AT&T, GE and Cisco announced the formation of “the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC), a nonprofit organization dedicated to the Internet of Things, to ‘improve the integration of the physical and digital worlds.’ ”

The Industrial Internet means different things to different people, but most would agree the concept encompasses wireless connectivity supporting the transfer of data from machines to software applications on a real time or near-real time basis and, possibly, directing operation of the machines; and, potentially, the analysis of this data to determine useful correlations, trends and anomalies (“big data analytics”).
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Following President Obama’s State of the Union address on February 12, the White House released its much-anticipated cybersecurity executive order, Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity.  The EO was an opportunity for the Administration to address widely acknowledged cyber threats to domestic critical infrastructure and to clarify Executive Branch authority to respond fully to cyber-attacks by