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How to make smart cities safe and secure

The EastWest Institute has prepared a guide with input from global specialists and smart city tech companies that aims to identify city-wide challenges and how to tackle them

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Guide advises on how to manage technology more effectively to create safer cities
Guide advises on how to manage technology more effectively to create safer cities

The EastWest Institute (EWI) has issued a report intended to provide guidance for executives and administrators, to make tomorrow’s smart cities secure and safe by managing technology effectively.

 

The report, Smart and Safe: Risk Reduction in Tomorrow’s Cities, points out that a city’s leadership holds “paramount responsibility” for securing smart cities.

 

The guide sets out recommended actions and identifies city-wide challenges across four major areas: cybersecurity; cyber resilience; privacy and data protection; and collaboration and coordination in governance.

 

Recommendations from city leaders:


• Apply sound risk management and digital security best practices to their own operations, including through risk-informed purchasing decisions
• Incentivise the application of sound cybersecurity and privacy practices by all participants in the smart city ecosystem, including non-governmental providers of essential services
• Align digital security efforts with more fundamental objectives to create trust, security and safety in the city.

 

“The rapid evolution of smart cities is both exciting and daunting due to the incredible pace of technological change and adoption,” said Bruce McConnell, global vice president, EWI and co-author of the report.

 

“This guide was developed to recognise and support all key stakeholders involved – municipalities, governments, urban planners, businesses and community leaders – to help them safeguard smart cities for the future.”

“City officials must be aware of key lessons and best practices to implement and integrate technologies that make smart cities safe cities for improved public safety and public health”

A product of the EWI’s breakthrough group on secure, resilient cities and the Internet of Things (IoT), the guide was prepared by McConnell and Andreas Kuehn, senior programme associate.

 

Input was provided by senior experts from Unisys, Microsoft, Huawei Technologies and NXP Semiconductors, as well as perspectives from over 15 global specialists.

 

“Urban leaders around the globe are embracing the concept of smart cities, using technology, interconnectivity and the Internet of Things to improve their citizens’ lives,” added Peter Altabef, chairman and CEO of Unisys.

 

“City officials must be aware of key lessons and best practices to implement and integrate technologies that make smart cities safe cities for improved public safety and public health.”

 

EWI is an independent, non-profit that works to reduce international conflict, addressing “seemingly intractable” problems that threaten world security and stability. It seeks to forge connections and build trust among global leaders and influencers, help create practical new ideas and take action through its network of global decision-makers.

 

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