As people become more attuned to IoT technologies, cities become more connected. Increased access to all sorts of databases makes people and cities more vulnerable to hacking and various cyber attacks. That’s why smart people and smart cities need extensive protection. Safety and security despite the smartness of these individuals and people are or paramount importance every single day.

A good example is the installation of an IoT-based smart sidewalk sensor that detects the presence of an illegal substance within the premises of a registered citizen. An AI device will then be sent to the residence to investigate the individual. The person is pinpointed immediately because of various Internet-connected gadgets and devices. Such a thing would be beneficial for the entire community and it would make policing a lot easier as well.

Privacy and Confidence

Everyone knows the value of privacy. Individuals and communities require privacy to stay safe from opportunistic online predators. To avail the services of myriad companies and apps, people surrender their personal information. This happens because the online apps and companies have the ability to guard and maintain the privacy of their customers.

Cybersecurity is complicated.

Presently, as more companies incorporate IoT into their systems, cybersecurity becomes integrated and collaborative for it to function more effectively. Leaders in the industry of security are concerned because people are becoming more susceptible to external hacking and online exploitation. They know that they should act right away in protecting citizens and securing their future. Ensuring the privacy and trust of individuals, communities, corporations, and government services are more important than return on investments and cost-effectiveness.

Merging of the Industry Vectors

The problem that lies behind information security is based on technology. It has long been discussed by security professionals and managed by technologists.

When it concerns smart people and smart cities, the topic of cyber security should be discussed beyond the premise of the usual participants. The present digital environment needs conversations with government and civic leaders about security issues involving critical infrastructure and smart cities. These people are highly aware of the resistance and the challenges experienced by people who use technology.

Now that IoT has entered the picture, data security and its environment have changed. IIoT and IoT have definitely introduced an entirely new challenge. Since then, privacy and security have always been under the public spotlight, way outside the premised of an IT department or a corporate firewall. IoT technology is a crucial part of the solution that envelops national and global compliance frameworks—both regulatory and legal.

Threats of ransomware, data breaches, social media exploitation, and fraud should all be remediated and considered in construction specifications and smart designs for cities.

Discussing the problem of protecting smart cities and smart people is one thing, but putting a plan into action is another. Professionals that specialize in privacy and in the cyber world should talk with new decision makers. They should very well think and step outside the box by engaging design engineers, municipalities, architects, and urban planners.

Remember… we can always repair or replace a server or a CPU, but once an identity is destroyed, it cannot be rebuilt. With IoT technology, smart people and smart cities have a chance at enjoying safety and security every day.