Home

About Us

IT Services

Understanding IT

News & Events

Blog

Support

Contact Us

(702) 720-1700

Blog
  • Register

Agilitec IT Blog

Why Smart Cities May Not Be a Smart Idea Just Yet

Why Smart Cities May Not Be a Smart Idea Just Yet

As of this point, the vast majority of our experience with the Internet of Things has been on a small scale - accessories and appliances that connect to the Internet to gain some added functionality. This technology can also be applied to a larger, more civic purpose - the development of something called a “smart city.” Unfortunately, this application could prove to be as problematic as the IoT we are more accustomed to.

What a Smart City Should Be
On the surface, a smart city sounds like a great idea. Using technology and heavily leaning on Internet of Things principles, a smart city collects data and leverages it to improve public services, inform the local government’s actions, and generally improve the population’s contentedness. Traffic flows more smoothly, infrastructure is better maintained, and life is good.

At least, in theory.

There is an unfortunate tendency for consumer-focused IoT devices to be vulnerable to attack, a trait shared by the systems that control a smart city.

The Effects of an Attack
To fully grasp the influence that an attack on a smart city could have, it would help to take a closer look at some of the systems that a smart city would have in place. As we've established, the motivation behind a smart city is to improve the population’s quality of life, a goal that requires data collection and analysis to be reached.

This data will be collected via sensors that examine a wide variety of factors, like the weather, traffic conditions, and even air quality and radiation. While this data would once be delivered to human decision makers, automated systems would be able to make changes to resolve any issues. For example, if traffic was starting to become congested in a certain area, the surrounding traffic signals could be automatically manipulated to relieve the gridlock.

The trouble starts when these systems don’t have enough security to keep them safe from cyberattack, potentially leaving the city’s infrastructure wide open. In a preliminary study of three companies that could supply the systems that a smart city would be built upon, their products had 17 basic vulnerabilities - and we’re talking very basic vulnerabilities, like easily-guessed passwords, avoidable authentication requirements, and bugs that could let in malware.

Why This is Important
Speaking in a geopolitical sense, enacting a smart city with vulnerabilities like these is like painting a target on one’s back. You only have to look at the fairly recent attacks on both the energy grid and electoral systems of the United States for evidence that infrastructure and civic systems are considered very fair targets. While there are actions in process to shore up these vulnerabilities, opening up metropolitan areas to attack through obvious security flaws would not be a good idea.

Of course, we don’t mean to say that scaling the Internet of Things to a metropolitan scale is inherently not a good idea, either, it’s just there needs to be more security protecting the well-being of the populace that lives there. The same can be said of any business that relies on Internet-connected technology. If the devices and network components that a business uses aren’t patched and secured, that business is vulnerable.

Agilitec IT can help. Give us a call at (702) 720-1700 to learn about our security solutions and how they can protect your business.

Do You Know How to Determine Your Computing Needs?
Tip of the Week: Evernote as a Productivity Tool
 

Comments

No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment
Already Registered? Login Here
Guest
Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Captcha Image

Mobile? Grab this Article!

QR-Code dieser Seite

Tag Cloud

Tip of the Week Network Security Technology Security Internet Privacy Tech Term Communications Efficiency Productivity Malware IT Support Best Practices Data Backup Data Recovery Internet of Things Mobile Devices Business Management VoIp Browser BDR User Tips Email Business Windows 10 Cybersecurity Small Business Hackers Data Saving Money Google Managed IT Services Hardware Communication Backup Collaboration Business Computing Router IT Services Smartphones Information Outsourced IT Managed IT services Phishing Upgrade Computer Passwords Users Managed Service Devices Workplace Tips Redundancy Automation Cost Management Bring Your Own Device Software Innovation MSP Networking Cloud Spam Vulnerability Project Management Mobile Device Data Breach Network Windows 7 OneNote Money Mobile Device Management Cleaning Augmented Reality Marketing Alexa for Business Connectivity Microsoft Smartphone History team chat Virtualization Hyperlink The Internet of Things Value Holiday Microsoft Word Conferencing Evernote Financial Technology Applications Cortana Social Media Windows Operating System Budget Best Practice Streaming Media Managed Service Provider Big Data Instant Messaging Travel Antivirus Disaster Recovery Flexibility Computing Jun 27 2018 11:00 AM Pacific Vendor Cybercrime Maintenance Touchscreen SaaS Projects Content Filter Analysis WPA3 Wireless Technology Spyware Remote Computing O 365 versions IoT Employee-Employer Relationship Server Display Printing Hybrid Cloud Apps Software as a Service Two-factor Authentication WannaCry Monitoring Blockchain Hosted Solutions File Storage Charger Wireless Internet Amazon Chromebook Unified Communications intranet Android backup files eWaste Testing Excel Alert Co-Managed Services Workers Law Enforcement Bandwidth Updates Education Scam App Management Cloud Computing Microsoft Office Wireless Charging Gamification Virtual Assistant Smart Tech Data loss Office Online Camera Ransomware Telephone Google Assistant Business Technology Update Data Privacy Office 365 Students Thank You Application Fraud Websites Quick Tips Vendor Management Device Security Virus Wasting Money Data Protection Compliance Congratulations Financial Social Engineering App store Memory IT budget PowerPoint Twitter Employer-Employee Relationship Patch Management Gadgets Data Security Mobile Security Edge Remote Monitoring Proactive Hard Drive Computer Forensics Legal Data Theft Identity Artificial Intelligence Printers Company Culture Wi-Fi Regulation Language Ciminal Safety Identities Managing Stress Risk Management Tech Support Business Continuity Gmail

Latest News & Events

Join Us On July 25, 2018 At 11AM Pacific Time For A Free 30-Minute Educational Webinar On How To Reduce The Number Of Meetings You Have And Make The Meetings You Do Have Much More Effective.  AgendaIntroMicrosoft Teams and Office ...

Contact Us

Learn more about what Agilitec IT can do for your business.

Call Us Today
Call us today
(702) 720-1700

5215 Ponderosa Way
Suite D

Las Vegas, Nevada 89118