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Smart Cities Can Never Avoid Being Potential Target For Hackers ??? Says Expert

Posted on March 13, 2016 at 3:55 AM

The Middle East region has been witnessing a steady growth of smart cities over the past few years, and the UAE is leading the way with initiatives such as the Dubai Plan 2021 and the Dubai Smart City program that aims to launch 1,000 smart government services by 2017.

 

Smart cities create a host of new opportunities for businesses and residents to improve efficiency and overall quality of life and as a result are greatly dependent on technology and applications to facilitate this – giving a rise to potential security and data breaches.

 

“Smart cities are developed with an interconnected ICT infrastructure and innovative digital services that ride on an embedded mesh of sensors and controls, undertake advanced analytics, and offer rapid connectivity and world-class services to all users – residents, visitors and businesses” said Aji Joseph at RadarServices Middle East. “However, the very same platform also becomes a magnet attracting relentless attacks by hackers,” added Aji.

 

Such issues are further forced in the era of the Internet-of-Things (IoT) where multiple connected sensors govern the city’s key infrastructure. A breach of security here could potentially bring the city to a complete standstill or worse impact national security. To avoid such situations, 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.

 

A well coordinated and managed security framework needs to be established to ensure the vast amounts of data that a smart city generates are analyzed - offering meaningful insights for the city’s growth, and yet remain elusive to individuals with malicious intent.

 

RadarServices, a leading managed security service provider will address key challenges faced by smart cities at the Gulf Information Security Expo and Conference (GISEC) taking place at the Dubai World Trade Centre from 29-31 March, 2016.


 

Categories: Tech, Event, Government

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