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Study suggests smart cities lack critical cyber security protections

A new survey of government IT officials faults smart cities with a lack of cyber security protection.

A survey of 203 IT professionals working for state and local governments conducted by Tripwire finds 98% of government IT professionals see smart cities as not having adequate protection from cyber attacks. In particular, 27% faulted public Wi-Fi, 18.6% smart grids, 12.7% transportation, and 11.3% surveillance cameras.

On the question “Do cities devote adequate resources to cyber security for smart city initiatives?” 55% said no.

As to why resources are not being allocated, 32.1% said not enough budget, 31.6% said politics interfered, and 23.2% said cyber security risks are not well understood.

“Smart city initiatives are pushing the technological envelope for urban infrastructure management, and it’s clear from the survey results that cybersecurity is being left out of the conversation,” Tim Erlin of Tripwire told Dark Reading.


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