The cities of the future may be smart—but will they be cyber safe?
Cyber security is a critical issue due to the increasing potential of cyber attacks and incidents against critical sectors in Smart City
Smart Cities are an absolute dream for infrastructure cyberattacks
in Smart Cities are happening in real time. Some key aspects need to be taken into consideration; one of which is forming collective security partnerships between the police and vendors of relevant products.Second, enhancing laws that deal with cybercrime while at the same time keeping a check on hackers that prey on video-sharing sites and the various social media platforms are essential components of robust countermeasures for a Smart City.
the more that there are operational integrated computer systems in a Smart City and the more data that is shared and collated openly by those systems, the “smarter” the city becomes. Dr. Simon Moores, director of Zentelligence Research and a highly-regarded futurologist expert, described at a recent IFSEC conference that the integration of buildings in a Smart City that is already outfitted with electric doors, lighting, electric meters and HVAC sensors could be an intractable problem.
“Here are the cyber security concerns expressed by government respondents.”
All together, the smart-city market is expected to exceed $1.7 trillion in the next 20 years. But the inter connectivity across the virtual and physical infrastructure that makes a smart city work also creates new and substantial cyber security risks. With each additional access point, sensitive data exposure vulnerabilities expand. Smart cities can be susceptible to numerous cyber attack techniques, such as remote execution and signal jamming, as well as traditional means, including malware, data manipulation and DDOS. To counter the risks, comprehensive smart-city plans designed to safeguard what is clearly “critical infrastructure” are needed on behalf of all parties involved, from the individual citizen to large public and private institutions.
Because a threat could enter a smart-city infrastructure at any compromised point, the risk can quickly grow as one system can then compromise the next. In a classic weakest-link scenario, one seemingly innocuous connected device, when hacked and injected with malware, could potentially open up an array of other devices to penetration, causing cascading damage throughout the entire infrastructure
Secure Smart City Infrastructure
Secure Smart City Devices
Cybersecurity is a prerequisite for the smart city, argued. That means pursuing security, privacy and high-availability (having a cyberattack recovery plan, backup facility, cloud management, and manual overrides) by design. Cyber Forza’s CISS platforms enables secure and protection access to Smart Cities which providing Real Time alerts and protection against cyber attacks and threats. Cyber Forza provides a strategy and execution plan to assist Smart Cities management to institute a wide range, best practice protection, and deployment of the CISS products to detect, identify, and protect their most critical assets.