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    How to stop smart city cyberattacks

    An exclusive white paper from Smart Cities World

    Cybersecurity frequently hits the headlines but usually when it is too late, following a high-profile attack which has cost an organization dearly. In 2020, the FBI said that the number of cyberattacks being reported to its cyber division was as many as 4,000 daily. It is a global problem: the European Union Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA) says cyberattacks are becoming more “sophisticated, targeted, widespread and undetected.” In its 8th annual Threat Landscape report, published in October 2020, malware ranks as the number one threat, while the number of potential vulnerabilities in the virtual and physical environment continues to expand as a new phase of digital transformation arises.

    The connected world brings a raft of opportunities but also a myriad of threats from the point of view of ensuring systems always remain secure. This report focuses on connected lighting and highlights the importance of having robust end-to-end security measures in place. It contends that a model of shared responsibility is the best approach and highlights why cloud-based systems rather than an on-premise IT infrastructure is better suited to the demands and rigours of today’s connected world. It also aims to explode a number of myths that can cloud an organisation’s decision-making in this area and seeks to share best practice, based on Signify’s experience with customers around the world.

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