Smart Cities offer new opportunities for businesses and residents to improve efficiency and overall quality of life. However, the very same platform also attracts hackers.
These cities are developed with an interconnected ICT infrastructure and innovative digital services that ride on an embedded mesh of sensors and controls. They are vulnerable to potential security and data breeches.
Aji Joseph of RadarServices Middle East, a leading managed security service provider headquartered in Austria, said the Middle East region has been witnessing a steady growth of smart cities with UAE leading the pack.
A well coordinated and managed security framework needs to be established to ensure the vast amounts of data that a Smart City generates are analysed – offering meaningful insights for the city’s growth, and yet remain elusive to individuals with malicious intent.
RadarServices, which has operations in the UAE, Germany, Poland and Russia, caters to banks, insurances, industrial companies, operators of critical infrastructure and governmental institutions worldwide.
He said Smart City stakeholders need to proactively come up with appropriate and timely responses to prevent possible attacks as well as keep the city services future-proof, he added.