Guidelines for smart city technology adoption

Securing Smart Cities, the not-for-profit global initiative addressing the cyber security challenges of smart cities, released guidelines jointly developed by Securing Smart Cities and the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) for the adoption of smart city technology.

The guide provides organizations with an overview of the key elements needed in order to implement the best technological solutions with a lower risk and exposure to cyber threats.

The global Smart Cities Market is expected to grow from $411.31 billion in 2014 to $1,134.84 billion by 2019. As such, the guide from the Securing Smart Cities initiative also provides guidelines for public and private organizations when planning and organizing the selection and validation of smart city technologies. It describes the types of testing and assessments that need to be considered when selecting the best and most secure vendors and technologies.

“Humanity has decided to create a Utopia we call the smart city. This Utopia will advance our growth and performance to unprecedented levels, enabled by information systems and technologies. Its creation is an immense commitment and challenge for everyone involved, from citizens to organizations. We need to best develop, operate and defend our resources, in the most effective way, by selecting the most efficient and secure technologies. This is what our guidelines are about,” said Mohamad Amin Hasbini, Securing Smart Cities contributor and security expert at Kaspersky Lab.

“Cities are adopting new capabilities that offer great potential to enhance citizen safety, streamline and improve customer services and reduce overall expenditures. These new smart cities are leading the way towards the adoption of Internet of Things (IoT) technologies that will connect widespread sensors through the cloud to harvest relevant data and automate decision-making processes. Smart cities bring great promise, however there is also risk introduced through this new connectivity and intelligence,” added Brian Russell, co-chair CSA IoT Working Group and chief engineer, Cyber Security Solutions at Lidos.

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