New Security Challenges And Opportunities Posed By Smart Cities

There is requirement for diligent governance of municipal technology with the integration of connected technologies in smart cities as such cities strive to function more efficiently and enhance its q1uality of service. A new research on smart cities conducted by ISACA identifies a number of crucial aspects for consideration with respect to issues of security of such cities and the key infrastructure systems that they are dependent on.

A global survey in this respect has shown that 71 per cent of respondents identifying the energy sector to be the most important infrastructure system that is most susceptible to cyberattacks. Communications had\s been identified to be the second most vulnerable aspect of smart cities while financial services was ranked third in terms of vulnerability.

At the s\me time, energy and communications have bene identified to be among the top three key infrastructure sectors that the participants of the survey believe could be the biggest beneficiaries form the rise of smart cities together with the transportation sector.

The two most concerning types of smart infrastructure attacks are malware/ransomware and denial of service. Shows the research. Nation-states (67%) and hacktivists (63%) are the most likely sources that would target such cities’ smart infrastructure, notes the respondents in the research.

Among the respondents, only about 15 per cent believed that smart cities were most equipped to counter smart infrastructure cyber attacks, despite the many threats for which cities are specifically vulnerable. In comparison, 55 per cent of the respondents believed that the national government would be better suited to deal with the threats.

“Before our cities can be identified as being ‘smart,’ we must first and foremost transfer this smart attitude to the way we approach and govern the rollout of new technology and systems,” said Robert E. Stroud, CGEIT, CRISC, past ISACA board chair and chief product officer at XebiaLabs. “Our urban centers have many potentially attractive targets for those with ill intent, so it is critical that cities make the needed investments in well-trained security professionals and in modernizing their information and technology infrastructure.”

Most of the respondents participating in the study were of the opinion that implementation of new tools and techniques like smart grids and artificial intelligence is critical for ensuring cybersecurity. However, less than half of the respondents were of the opinion that it would be until the next five years that such tools and techniques would be used for security purposes in smart cities.

The requirement for better and efficient communication for the residents of a smart city that is developing also became apparent from the study where 3 in 4 of the respondents were of the view that residents have not been educate dwell by municipal governments to understand the benefits of residing in a smart city. Human efficiency can be enhanced and congestion can be decreased by making use of smart technology for modern parking, ID systems and other city services.

The study was conducted on 2000 global respondents in February and March 2018.

(Adapted from Businesswire,com)

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