Smart Cities – Open to cyber attacks
Every new technology and innovation brings new challenges and problems. In this presentation, I’m focusing on cyber security-related problems that currently affect or will affect cities in general around the world, whether considered smart or not. These problems would impact the city government, residents, and the businesses and other organizations that conduct business there.
Keeping in mind the new technologies and life in a smarter city, let’s consider what could happen if one or more technology-reliant services don’t work. What would commuting look like with non-functioning traffic control systems, no street lights, and no public transportation? How would citizens respond to an inadequate supply of electricity or water, dark streets, and no cameras? What if garbage collection is interrupted in summertime and stinks up the streets? I guess it would be unpleasant and probably cause a lot of chaos in any city.
Each new city technology or system creates a new opportunity for cyber attackers. Let’s discuss in depth some of the key technologies and systems that together make up the smart city’s complex attack surface.