As the systems and inhabitants of cities become increasingly interconnected, some old risks are overcome but new risks emerge. Ubiquitous computing in smart cities connects citizens, vehicles, homes, businesses, governments and infrastructure systems in ways that promise greater efficiency and predictability. And yet this very interconnectedness poses new security risks. In recent years we have seen cyberattacks against power grids, hackers targeting driverless cars, and malicious triggering of a tornado warning system, to name just a few examples.
This is a new theme for WC2, introduced in 2020, and our first activity was to host a webinar of experts in the subject from around the network to consider the security vulnerabilities and risks of smart cities, and the ways in which our universities are partnering with industry and governments to develop strategies to mitigate these risks. Watch a recording of the webinar here.