#TEISS16: Smart cities not without cyber security risks, say experts
4 March 2016 |
Smart cities will make life more efficient for those that live in them, but although they provide many benefits, they are not without cyber risks.
In a panel discussion at The European Information Security Summit, Mikele Brack, founding partner at Urban Living Futures, said: “Smart cities are full people with different identities.
“They are citizens, consumers, employees and belong to lots of different groups.”
She explained that by 2050, 17 per cent of people will live in smart cities. Data generated from all these different identities will be used to help make services more efficient and sustainable.
“A lot of the things that make smart cities are behind the scenes,” she said. “We have so much data at our disposal to use.”
She explained there are all kinds of different data that can be used to make cities more efficient.
For example, smart flooring can be used to measure footfall in shopping centres and also convert those footsteps into energy.
However, with so much data there are always potential concerns about cyber security.
Phil Allen, vice president for the EMEA region at Ping Identity, asked: “While you may give consent to your information being used, what happens if someone else takes control of your smart car and is able to use your identity?”
According to Dr Richard Tynan, technologist at Privacy International, the metadata smart cities seek is a blueprint of a person’s life. Although everyone wants to benefit, there are also risks.
He asked: “What if decisions are made on your race, sex and age?”
Although Brack believes data will help smart cities resolve problems, she also acknowledges that security issues will come up.
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