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Published: 2018-02-23 18:11:35

As cities around the world embrace the latest in smart city technology, a new report from the UK’s Royal Academy of Engineering has warned that such infrastructure could be vulnerable to cyberattacks. The report highlights the need for stronger security measures to protect against potential threats and calls for greater collaboration between government, industry, and academia to address these security challenges.

According to the report, smart city infrastructure is particularly vulnerable to cyberattacks due to the large amount of data that is generated and the interconnectedness of different systems. A successful cyberattack could have serious consequences, from disrupting transportation systems to compromising public safety.

The report emphasizes the need for a holistic approach to smart city security that takes into account the entire ecosystem, from the devices and sensors that collect data to the networks that transmit it and the software and algorithms that process and analyze it. The report also calls for greater investment in research and development to improve security and resilience.

The report comes at a time when cities around the world are investing heavily in smart city infrastructure. While such infrastructure has the potential to improve efficiency, reduce carbon emissions, and enhance the quality of life for citizens, it also raises concerns about privacy, security, and the potential for abuse.

The report concludes by calling for a coordinated approach to smart city security that involves all stakeholders and emphasizes the importance of maintaining public trust in these new technologies. As the world becomes increasingly interconnected and dependent on technology, the need for strong and resilient smart city infrastructure has never been greater.

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