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Smart Cities, Smarter Cybersecurity?

 
 
Posted 02-05-2018 Email
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    For the remaining 90% of respondents who do not feel well-equipped to handle the transition to smart cities, the report recommends: Do not reinvent the wheel. Leverage existing planning resources. In anticipation of rollouts, start staff training and talent retention efforts early. Strategically engage with technology partners. Regarding budgeting, try to shift the mindset of cybersecurity as a cost center to cybersecurity as an investment.
 

A study on smart cities, those that apply technology to solve problems in urban communities, warns that ensuring that they are cyber-safe will require resources and shared responsibility. The report, "Building Smarter Cities and Communities: Insights from Citizens and Government," was conducted by Genesys for the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA). Respondents included 1,000 households and 350 U.S. government officials and personnel and was conducted in September 2017. The report cited several forecasts that predicted smart cities expenditures will reach $1.2 to 1.7 trillion over the next few years (Market and Markets, McKinsey and Company, and Frost and Sullivan). According to respondents, increasing technology use is a top priority, but so should be security. "As smart city initiatives move into the realm of critical infrastructure and tap into new streams of sensitive data, the consequences of inadequate defenses become even more dire," said the report. "To mitigate the risk of worst-case-scenarios, a concerted effort will be required to implement strong cyber security fundamentals, including cyber training, coupled with the agility required to address emerging threats."

 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 

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