Our world has fast become increasingly dependent on “smart” devices in fundamentally new ways. Subsequently, the “critical” infrastructure, i.e. assets, networks, and systems, underpinning our cities/communities require the security, functionality, and resiliency deemed vital to public safety, prosperity, and well-being.
Incorporating a heterogeneous, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) Smart City fabric requires continuous diagnostics and mitigation to reduce cyber-physical risk AND provide visibility. These technologies will enable cities and communities to improve services, promote economic growth, and enhance the quality of life but also require thoughtful risk mitigation.
A “smart” Infrastructure is much more than the cyber-physical security considerations; it is also about participatory, collaborative, and transparent engagement seeking to mitigate public safety risk. Given today’s ubiquitously-connected world, it is paramount that we embrace an opportunity to pursue research, development, and deployment of key technologies; share robust datasets; integrate models to inform decision-making; harmonize policies where warranted; and enhance progressive dialogue.