In an increasingly connected landscape, a smart city is only as secure as its weakest link. Infrastructure needs to be future-proofed, but it needs to be done so in a "smart" way.
First and foremost, smart cities must invest in cyber security. ABI Research found the energy, health care, public security, transport, and water and waste sectors are "woefully underfunded and incredibly vulnerable to cyberattacks."
More than that, though, is the necessary education to shift culture and behavior for both workers and residents. Municipal governments should implement a security awareness and training program, install perimeter defenses and ensure secure configurations. Additionally, city planners should consult with experts in smart cities and cyber security who can help to ensure the right measures are taken, the right training is in place and the right recovery plans are ready for action. Because it's not a matter of if the city is attacked—but when.
Learn more about cyber security in the 2020 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report.