Making smart cities cyber secure


As cities grow smarter and more connected, what implications does this have for cybersecurity? Many people are questioning what it even means to be a smart city in the coming decade, since all over the world even mundane aspects of city living are becoming digitised.

Take, for example, the implementation of smart trash cans. What used to be a recurring service of 14 trash collections per week, has now reduced to just three pick-ups utilising smart compactors. In Philadelphia they have installed more than 1,100 smart trash cans city wide and saved over $1 million.

To curb gun violence, Boston has deployed a sensor-based gunfire detection system that can alert officers to precise crime scenes within seconds. These are two examples of how technology is helping remove waste, reduce costs and keep citizen safe. But what about downsides and risks relating to cyber security?

What’s common in these smart city examples? Governments rely on constant connectivity to volumes of data from stationary and moving sensors. This data is transformed into useful information using data analytics to provide better overall business value, effective customer service and better quality of life…Click here to read full article.