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Smart City Cyber Security

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Increased urbanization demands and the rise of mega-cities are contributing to the fervent adoption of more smart city development projects across the world where sustainability, efficiency and citizen safety are key priorities. The increased digitization has caused the influx of millions upon millions of IoT nodes weaving the ever-expanding connectivity web forcing smart cities to evolve and embrace even more verticals, causing implementers to deal with sophisticated cybersecurity threats that can severely hinder future projects.

In this analysis report, ABI Research examines a wide spectrum of cybersecurity challenges for smart cities including encryption, zero-level threats, distributed denial of service attacks, device communication hijacking and low-power wide area networks (LPWAN), ransomware threats, citizen data protection and monetization challenges. On top of strategic recommendations, this report offers three distinct smart city cybersecurity frameworks aimed to assist implementers tailor their needs accordingly, each of which offers unique insights and deep analysis into multiple technology layers, vertical considerations and standards using the connected energy grid as a key example.  Additionally, a market data section has been included which sheds more light into smart city wide-area network (WAN), offers segmentation by end markets (e.g. smart meters, video surveillance,  building automation, etc.) and identifies key market trends as well as cybersecurity shortcomings.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

  • 1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
  • 2. SMART CITY VERTICALS AND CHALLENGES
    • 2.1. Weaving the Ever-Expanding Connectivity Web: Urbanization Demands and Smart Cities
    • 2.2. Market Data and Smart City Verticals
    • 2.3. Multi-Layered Challenges and a ROI-Based Approach
  • 3. SMART CITY CYBERSECURITY FRAMEWORKS
    • 3.1. The Vertical Approach Framework
    • 3.2. The Technology Layer Framework
    • 3.3. The Unified Standards-Driven Framework
  • 4. STRATEGIC RECOMMENDATIONS AND CYBERTHREATS
    • 4.1. Zero-Level Sensors and Connected Devices
    • 4.2. Smart Cities Will Fall Victim to Ransomware Attacks
    • 4.3. Security, Interoperability, and ROI
    • 4.4. Everything Is Connected, including Vulnerable Entry Points
    • 4.5. Encryption Algorithms for Smart Cities
    • 4.6. Abusing LPWAN and Hijacking Communication Channels
    • 4.7. New Smart City Threat Vectors: AI Systems, DDoS, WAPs, and Social Engineering
  • 5. VENDOR PROFILES AND ORGANIZATIONS
    • 5.1. Dojo
    • 5.2. Entrust Datacard
    • 5.3. GlobalSign
    • 5.4. Huawei
    • 5.5. Microsoft
    • 5.6. Rambus
    • 5.7. Securing Smart Cities
    • 5.8. Sierra Wireless