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Smart cities harbour 'dumb' malicious hacking risks

2 May, 2016 04:08 pm

The root of the security problem with smart cities lies in the fact that industrial sensors very typically collect 'raw' data and then merely pass it on -- this native unprocessed information is easier to maliciously hack and alter.

The growth of connected devices and sensors inside the industrial Internet of Things has helped coin the term 'smart cities'.
SC Magazine UK explains that these devices and the wider networks that support them manifest themselves in everything from intelligent road signals and traffic monitoring systems all the way down to sewer and water supply sensors.
But reads the report, little or no analysis is performed on the data at its point of origination, so consequently, we rely on that data source being accurate before we move that data onwards for analysis.
Cesare Garlati, chief security strategist for the prpl Foundation has said that smart city devices were never built with security in mind.
"While the chips and sensors found in many of these devices are so small that security may not have felt like an 'issue'," he said.

TAKEAWAY THOUGHTSecurity inside new smart city networks needs to be implemented at the 'edge' of the networks' devices where data is raw and native to the sensors and other technologies that it resides within.
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