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A New Internet for smart cities security, by Chris Ciabarra, CTO, Authenticated Reality

The Internet was not built on the premise of what has become the Internet we use today

A New Internet for smart cities security, by Chris Ciabarra, CTO, Authenticated Reality

Smart cities are in big demand in America, "Cities are really important, because they’re the backbones of civilization. They’re the backbones of our economy," says Greg Conti, associate professor and director of the Army Cyber Institute at West Point. America is behind the world when it comes to security, we need to start thinking about how we can be leaders in Smart City security.


According to the UN, just over half of the world’s people live in urban areas today; it is projected that two-thirds of the global population will be city dwellers by 2050, this means that there will be an influx of 2.5 billion people in the next few decades.


When the Internet was first created, there were only a handful of users. The Internet was not built on the premise of what has become the Internet we use today.


The underlying protocols of the Internet have flaws as seen with the many security vulnerabilities of today.

It is 2017 and as of right now there is no technology available that can safely protect ourselves from cyber threats. With the development of Smart Cities on the rise, it is more important than even that we invest in security.


One of the biggest concerns about smart cities is that the sensors in the equipment can be hacked and fed fake data, which could be used for bot networks, hacking and even bigger cause signal failures that shut down subways or allowing contaminants into the water supply. For example, what if a terrorist group infiltrated the traffic authority and turned all lights green at a busy intersection this would result in catastrophic event.


Think about it, what is America’s safety without passport control? Anyone such as terrorists and criminals could enter the country and create havoc and we would have no idea who they were.


The same concept applies to smart cities and their citizens. Authenticated Reality has created a way to identify every user and attach smart devices to them as well. If we can identify every single device and user in an environment like a smart city we will not have the security threats we face today on the Internet. There is a way to fix security for Smart Cities, we just need to change the way we think about security and adapt to new technologies.





Chris Ciabarra is the CTO and co-founder of Authenticated Reality and creator of The New Internet®, an authenticated secure community that fosters real interactions, comments and online conversations from real people on the Internet.

In his former role as co-founder and CTO of iPad point-of-sale (POS) disruptor Revel Systems, Chris and the team embarked on a mission to change the world of POS in September of 2010 and brought Revel Systems to a valuation of more than $500 million and landed a global contract for his system in the biggest company in the world (Shell fuel) before leaving. Now, Ciabarra has set out with a new goal to change the world of the internet with his new company, Authenticated Reality, through its authenticated secure gateway to The New Internet™.

Chris is an anti-hacker and data security expert with a strong background in PCI compliance and P2PE. He has presented across the globe as well as in front of the 5th Annual United States Homeland.



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