Report Highlights Considerations for Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity
Tuesday, May 29, 2018 | Comments

A new report from ICASA , an IT industry trade organization, offered a look into the state of cybersecurity for smart cities and the critical infrastructure systems they depend on.

Global survey respondents flagged the energy sector as the critical infrastructure system most susceptible to cyberattacks, followed by communications and financial services. Energy and communications were also among the top three critical infrastructure sectors that respondents anticipate can benefit the most from smart cities, along with transportation.

The research showed that malware/ransomware and denial of service are the two most concerning types of smart infrastructure attacks. Additionally, respondents noted that cities’ smart infrastructure is most likely to be targeted by nation states and hacktivists.

Only 15 percent of respondents said they consider cities to be equipped to contend with smart infrastructure cyberattacks, while 55 percent of respondents said they think national governments would be better suited to deal with the threats.

“Before our cities can be identified as being ‘smart,’ we must find and foremost transfer this smart attitude to the way we approach and govern the rollout of new technology and systems,” said Robert E. Stroud, past ICASA board chair and chief product officer at XebiaLabs. “Our urban centers have many potentially attractive targets for those with ill intent, so it is critical that cities make needed investments in well-trained security professionals and in modernizing their IT infrastructure.”

The majority respondents said implementing new tools and techniques such as smart grids and artificial intelligence (AI) for cybersecurity is important, but less than half said they those technique would likely be implemented in the next five years.

The need for more effective communications with residents living in a developing smart city is also apparent, as three in four respondents indicated that municipal governments have not educated residents well about the benefits living in smart cities.

The study polled around 2,000 global respondents in February and March.

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