Securing Smart Cities Issues Guidelines for Information Security in a Smart City

Securing Smart Cities, the not-for-profit global initiative that addresses thecyber security challenges of smart cities, has releasedguidelineson the role of information security within a smart city department (SCD).The guide aims to provide public and private organisations with a baseline when developing the information security role within the SCD they are creating, supporting the promotion and propagation of smart city services.

In smart cities, information security plays a major role in protecting the higher levels of confidentiality, availability, and integrity as well as the stability that national services and organizations need to support sustainable and livable smart environments. This guide provides an illustration of the key elements that organisations need to examine, and be aware of, when defining the role of SCDs, in order to achieve the best safety and resilience. From the influence of technology adoption, services quality, and legislative compliance, to the efficiency and sustainability of operations.

These guidelines are yet another step towards Securing Smart Cities (SSC), as the name of the initiative suggests. Were trying to enhance everyones understanding of the smart city requirements, by developing useful insights and sharing expertise with the people whowillbe responsible for the development and management of smart cities. The document is based on the experience of the SSC community members, who are involved in large scale cyber governance, as well as othersecurity specialists: from penetration testersto industrial securityexperts, said Mohamad Amin Hasbini, Securing Smart Cities board member and security expert at Kaspersky Lab.

In-keeping with our efforts to provide practical resources for organizations, the Securing Smart Cities initiative is releasing these new guidelines to help provide valuable recommendations in making our current and future cities more secure,said Cesar Cerrudo, Securing Smart Cities board member and chief technology officer for IOActive.


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