“Who’s Responsible when a Smart City Crashes?”

When the question “Who’s responsible when a smart city crashes?” was posed by Futurologist Dr. Simon Moores during his keynote session at IFSEC last month, it sparked an intriguing and still un-concluded debate. It not only challenged topics of ownership and responsibility, but also highlighted smart city vulnerabilities and our growing dependency on connected technology. The Internet of Things (IoT) still faces "two really, really big challenges – security and a lack of standards. Integrating an entire city full of these networks presents an almost intractable problem", Moores said. It's no secret that IoT devices like Nest and Fitbits are behind the curve on information security; lack solid encryption and access control standards for both wireless network and data security, among other things. So what about when IoT devices run a "smart city," including the public water system, power grid, waste management, traffic control, street lighting, public transportation, and physical security systems? Attacks could disrupt […]

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