A yet to be explored area of cybersecurity, as experienced through the security embedded within a focal firm’s products, is cloud-based smart home devices being rapidly adopted in homes. Adoption of these cloud-based products is growing some 22%, indicating the potential of the home market for future revenue and profit growth. With the uncovering of generous data collection functionality currently built-into these products and the seeming routineness of data breaches in general, security and data privacy of smart home devices has been identified as a critical concern of consumers. As a first step in addressing this concern, we propose a theoretical model of cybersecurity in smart home devices based on a foundation of information governance and resource dependence theories. The Resource Governance Model provides a framework for smart home device firms to help ensure products incorporate their chosen cybersecurity design. Future direction for application of the Resource Governance Model is then discussed.
Mandani, Aurelia and Ramirez, Ronald, "Cybersecurity and smart home devices: A resource governance model" (2019). WISP 2019 Proceedings. 11.