A FICCI-KPMG smart city knowledge report on ‘Cybersecurity in Smart Cities’, has suggested a five-point action plan to enable smart cities to keep pace with the cybersecurity needs and build a cyber-resilient and trusted environment across the entire value chain,
The key measures suggested by the report are:
Establishing a formal cybersecurity framework: A formal guidance, based on a well-defined cybersecurity policy, and a structured security organisation, with clearly defined roles and responsibilities, will be important for the governing cybersecurity posture and reducing the cyber risks.
Security must be built-in from the ground up: Stakeholders and users in smart cities ecosystem will expect security to be built into the system; technology architects should follow an ‘always-on’ principle that provides high levels of control with appropriate fail-safes.
Security should be deployed in integrated form across value chain: Smart cities should carefully evaluate their third party suppliers, identify qualified partners, and invest in integrating security, privacy and trust across the ecosystem.
Establish cyber resilient and trusted environment: Resilience and trust will be established through validation of cyber practices, ensuring compliance and consistent engagement with smart city stakeholders and citizens. This will enhance cyber confidence of citizens and stakeholders on smart city functioning.
Engage across industry, knowledge bodies and regulatory groups to standardise security measures: Collaboration will reduce ambiguity and accelerate the ability to implement secure products and services within sustainable smart cities ecosystem.