Securing Smart Cities (SSC), a not-for-profit global initiative that addresses the cyber security challenges of smart cities, has released guidelines on the role of information security within a smart city department (SCD).
The guidelines aim 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 organisations need in order to support sustainable and livable smart environments.
The guidelines therefore provide 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 properly securing smart cities, as the name of the initiative suggests. We’re trying to enhance everyone’s understanding of the smart city requirements, by developing useful insights and sharing expertise with the people who will be 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 other security specialists: from penetration testers to industrial security experts,” Mohamad Amin Hasbini, SSC board member and security expert at Kaspersky Lab says.
“In-keeping with our efforts to provide practical resources for organisations, 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, SSC board member and chief technology officer at IOActive.
The outline of the Smart City Department Cyber Security Role and Implications guide includes:
The SCD cyber security responsibilities
Governance and leadership support
Risk management optimization
Collaborative threat intelligence