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Security Risks Hidden behind Fragmented Progression towards “Smart Cities”


KASL František

Year of publication 2016
Type Appeared in Conference without Proceedings
Description “Smart city” represents a merger of the Internet of Things, Big data and Cloud based technologies, which leads to a multiplication of the potential complexities involved in the operation and security of such a system. However, additional risks may be hidden behind imperfections and vulnerabilities created by the fragmented pace of adoption of “smart” features by the current metropolitan areas. The continuous transformation of urban areas will be prone to conflicts between old and new infrastructure, incompatibility between networks and products by various providers, and consequentially to a multitude of security vulnerabilities. A pivotal role should be given to possibilities for repeatable updates and improvements of the installed devices and their security. Substantial attention should be further devoted to an implementation of some form of data protection impact assessment framework, as well as to a strict emphasis on privacy by design by all introduced devices. Nevertheless, the progressive transformation of current cities into “smart cities” may face significantly larger challenges than any greenfield “smart city” project.
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