Smart Cities and IOT

Smart Cities
and IOT

GCA continues to tackle challenges that can have the greatest impact on our collective security. Next on the horizon, we will be helping cities better secure Internet of Things (IoT) devices and technologies.

The use of IoT has exploded, with more than 20 billion devices expected to be online by 2020. Cities are moving toward taking advantage of technology to make operations more efficient and effective — everything from smart trash cans, to air quality detection, to traffic control.

This interconnectivity poses great risks, however, as cybercriminals can hack into devices and penetrate systems remotely, causing potentially catastrophic damage.

GCA is focusing on a number of initiatives to help address these challenges:

  • Smart Cities IoT Ranges are being developed as vendor-agnostic simulation environments for various IoT scenarios deployment scenarios. This initiative (pending available funding) will help identify associated vulnerabilities through assessments, testing and other measures, and will result in baseline guidance for secure IoT deployment.

  • IoT Honeyfarms: GCA is working on building a globally distributed IoT honeyfarm which will collect, analyze and share with the security community, as well as Quad9, information about threats targeting IoT technologies.

  • SmartCity Roundtables: GCA is hosting several round tables around the globe with smart city implementers and policy makers on the security controls being implemented and the challenges faced  when trying to secure smart city IoT projects.

the Cause

Help cities better secure Internet of Things (IoT) devices and technologies.

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