Cybersecurity in Cities

 
 

The interconnectivity of people, devices and organizations in today’s digital world, opens up new vulnerabilities — this is why cyber resilience is a nessessary pillar of smart cities.

Fundamental to the creation of smart cities is the generating, analysing and sharing of large quantities of data. Indeed the main aim of smart cities technologies is to make cities data-driven; allowing city systems and services to be responsive and act upon data in real-time. The multiplying effect of today’s cybersecurity challenges presents an opaque universe of threats that often come from unexpected or unforeseen domains which have an escalating effect.

Security Challenges in Smart Cities

 
 
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Insecure Hardware

One of the major concerns about smart cities sensors in the equipment; buildings etc. are insecure and not tested thoroughly. Owing to lack of standardization of IoT devices, the sensors are prone to hacking. Notorious individuals can hack the sensors and feed fake data, causing signal failures, system shutdowns etc.

 
 
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People

People Are Often The Weakest Link In The Security ChainCyber criminals gravitate to the weakest spots in institutions’ defenses, and that often means going after people. In an age in which cyber criminals can do enormous damage, this calls for investing actively in human resources for cyber resilience.

 

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Larger Attack surface

Smart city operations utilize complex, networked assembly of ICT infrastructure to manage various services. Any device that is connected to the network is vulnerable to being hacked; the number of potential entry points is multiplied in Smart Cities.