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Study suggests smart cities lack critical cybersecurity protections

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

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

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

As to why resources are not being allocated, 32.1 percent said not enough budget, 31.6 percent said politics interfered, and 23.2 percent cybersecurity risk 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