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Mary N. Chaney, Esq., CISSP® is a former Special Agent for the FBI where she investigated cybercrime, a seasoned corporate executive that built and operated information security teams and now a cybersecurity attorney.

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Does not patching amount to strict product liability?

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As I think about the difficulties of keeping secure the "Internet of Things" I wonder if we can use the same type of process for IoT as we do for many application updates. Obtain consent from the buyer upon the sale of their IoT refrigerator, washer/dryer, etc. that the company will push software updates to the device. I don't know if this is already done, my washer and dryer has the capacity to be added to my network, but why? I know the manufacturers of these devices do not want to hire a team to keep their IoT device secure but it would seem to me, if you are going to sell such a device, you should take the added step to make sure it stays safe and secure. 

The question I have is if a "researcher" finds a vulnerability and lets the manufacturer know, will they fix the issue? If they don't and something happens like the device causes harm to an individual would strict liability under product law apply? Did that manufacturer sale a defective product? So many questions......