As global investments in smart city technologies are expected to reach $327 billion by 2025, many cities across the world are still falling short on basic cybersecurity governance policies. According to a recent World Economic Forum report, less than a quarter of 36 global cities have conducted privacy impact assessments when deploying new technologies despite 80% of those cities acknowledging their legal obligations for privacy and data protection. Cybersecurity vendors are also competing for already strapped city IT budgets, according to the Guidehouse Insights report. However, as cybersecurity threats become more prominent and as cities become more aware of the associated risks with new technologies, the report anticipates that investments in cybersecurity will also increase.

For city leaders who want to strengthen or reevaluate their local security practices, Jablanski said her first recommendation is simple: “Start with what you have.” An audit of municipal and public networks is a great starting point, in addition to evaluating the existing protocols, according to Jablanski. Local leaders can bring in a third party to create a map of the network, she said. They could also […]

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