Securing Smart Cities, a new non-profit global initiative, has been launched for making the smart cities safe from cyber espionage. The group will serve as a communications node for companies, governments, media outlets, not-for-profit initiatives and individuals across the world involved in the creation, improvement and promotion of smart and safe technologies for modern cities.
The concept of a smart city is very topical and many organisations are working on intelligent solutions to make urban areas energy efficient, comfortable, environmentally friendly and physically safe.
Unfortunately, there are concerns about the cyber security of these smart cities. The more IT organisations involved in creating a smart city, the greater is the potential risk.
“The cybersecurity of a modern, smart city is not something you can solve on your own. The concept involves so many different technologies communicating with each other in so many ways, that the only way to predict and eliminate all possible security issues is through collaboration between experts around the world. This is what Securing Smart Cities is for,” said Cesar Cerrudo, CTO for IOActive and Board Member of Securing Smart Cities.
“Smart cities present a tremendous opportunity for growth, sustainability, and social improvement,” said Chris Rouland, Founder and CEO of Bastille and Board Member of Securing Smart Cities. “However, the projects can’t just be smart, they also need to be safe. Enabling embedded technologies and leveraging the Internet of Things in city infrastructure brings forth risk that must be considered and monitored to maintain safety for citizens.”