Finding the weak spot to keep our smart city systems secure
Reading the recent article on the BBC website about the growing security concerns triggered by the desire of many global cities to implement SMART city technologies, got me thinking about where the security weak spot really is.
It discusses a number of specific examples of current implementations, including the RideKC system in Kansas, Missouri.
The RideKC system example raises an interesting point for designers that isn’t entirely technology focused. In that it’s actually the interfaces and commercial agreements between the different suppliers of systems that can present a very real weak point. Data in systems such as this has great commercial value, and contractual agreements between providers may stipulate the requirement to own and process certain elements of the information the system generates. This leaves one key question:
With multiple vendors involved, how do you ensure access whilst maintaining security?
As SMART city systems develop and become increasingly embedded in our world, this issue will become ever more prevalent as each stakeholder attempts to claim ownership of the information the system collects about its users and environment.
As the saying goes – knowledge is power, but with great power comes great responsibility, such contracts between stakeholders carry the responsibility of security – something technology focused designers too often overlook.
An interesting read, and something the Security and Technology team here at BuroHappold will be thinking about when advising our clients.