Hacking the Smart City

The concept of a smart city is one that I personally find incredibly interesting. The possibilities are truly endless when it comes to introducing technology and connectivity across our cities, and introducing better ways to manage waste, traffic and other every day requirements. But could the introduction of this leave cities at risk of security breaches and cyber-attacks?

Technology is clearly a wonderful thing, but before we all began connecting to the internet and various online platforms it is clear that our data was much better protected. At least our personal data; we couldn’t have our social media accounts hacked nor our personal information gathered from across our online profiles. However now this is an everyday occurrence and something we have to be incredibly weary of.

Hacking the road sign

For those that drive, road signs on motorways and dual carriages are a necessary requirement; and they are already beginning to become smarter. On some motorways the signage will alert drivers to a reduced speed when there has been an accident or there is a build-up on traffic, with the sign then adjusting as necessary throughout the day.

But with Public Cloud and Internet connected signage becoming key for drivers across the company, just how worrying a prospect is it that a hacker could potentially change the sign and cause an incident. A less serious example of this happened recently in the US with a local prankster changing a road sign, and it not being removed for 10-12 hours!

The problem of security of smart cities has become so prominent that the cities across the world looking to implement it have gone as far as to offer security and technology companies a reward for designing and implementing a solution. Surely a necessity before the concept in its entirety can progress.

After all, there is nothing smart about a city that leaves its data accessible to anybody and everybody.

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