Smart Cities: The Beautiful, Fragile and very Insecure Future

‘Smartness’ of the city became the new black -- It does not matter how much a city earns or what services it provides citizens with as long as there are some plans of making it smarter.


Enterprises are spending US$1.3 million a year dealing with false positive malware alerts alone. Add to that the more than 75,000 verified software vulnerabilities defined just in the United States and it is not hard to get why security analysts face challenges keeping informed and moving quickly on threats. When it comes to city safety, even when initial data encryption is in place and there is some security software on the vendors' side, you still should expect some flaws and 'forever day' vulnerabilities. Nowadays, the best tip for a city's cyber security would be to hire external consultants before rolling out any critical infrastructure. With their help, cyber-attacks can be planned the same way cities plan earthquakes and floods - with a reliable, thorough system of prediction, prevention and response. This adaptive approach to data safety requires a skilled team possessing advanced security intelligence, requiring additional investments. However, if your city does not not get smarter about security, it just does not get smarter.

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