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The World Government Summit Foundation has launched a new report entitled “Integrating Security Solutions into Smart Cities Design… How to Build a Safe Smart City in a Volatile Cyber World”, as part of its series of knowledge reports to support governments in anticipating the future of cities and enhancing their security by developing and innovating new solutions.

The report, which was launched in partnership with global consulting firm “Ernst & Young” (EY), in conjunction with World Cities Day on October 31, indicated that cities will witness radical changes by 2050, by increasing their population by up to 70%.

He pointed out that 95% of urban expansion will occur in developing countries, which necessitates keeping pace with these great changes by designing cities so that they can embrace large numbers of residents in the future.

The report focused on the main challenges facing smart cities, including: insecure devices, linking vision to strategy and policies, simultaneous implementation of multiple programs, large attack space, insufficient funding, lack of a unified security architecture, security controls for OT infrastructure, and technology deployment revolutionary.

Mohammed Al-Sharhan, Deputy Director of the Foundation, stressed that the summit constitutes a platform that shapes the future by finding new solutions to challenges, and represents a knowledge exchange center that brings together policy makers, experts, entrepreneurs, innovators and researchers, in order to ensure the enhanced utilization of innovation and technology in the pursuit of sustainable development.

He said: The report highlights the most important cyber challenges facing smart cities, and the need to enhance government knowledge, which contributes to the development of cities in which about 4.2 billion people live today, and to develop solutions and initiatives to ensure the design of advanced cities capable of providing full services and enhancing cyber security, to protect Population and absorb the expected population increase in the coming years.

Samer Omar, Head of Cyber Security Consulting Services for Public and Government Sectors in the Middle East at Ernst & Young, said: “Governments in the MENA region have shown great insight when seeking to foster digital transformation that prioritizes people and their quality of life. The rapid urbanization has strained the physical and digital infrastructure of different countries, so smart cities must focus on three basic elements in their digital programs: people, processes, and technology.”

Building smart cities and ensuring their technical development

The report focused on key axes to enhance the benefit of innovation and technology in developing the future of cities, namely: smart city design, cybersecurity trends, security solutions, and the most important axes that governments should consider when adopting the methodology of integrating security solutions into smart city design, and the role of governments in developing Preparing and maintaining cybersecurity policies, and the need for a secure digital infrastructure.

And he highlighted the most prominent trends that affect the operations of smart cities, and how to develop them, including: infrastructure, the increase in the number of mega cities, the large population boom, the adoption of technology and the Internet of things, the application of decarbonization solutions, the abundance of expertise in the field of cybersecurity and modernization of its programs, and identifying assets High-value computer emergency response teams, laws and regulations, as well as flexible operating models.

He stressed the existence of basic factors involved in the design of smart cities, which should be taken into account: communication and cooperation, big data and analysis methods, the security structure, and the strengthening of partnerships between the public and private sectors, to meet the environmental, social and economic challenges that affect the population, which constitutes one of the most important components of smart cities.

Recommendations to keep pace with the population increase in smart cities

The report pointed out that the world is witnessing an unprecedented urban transformation, with the population of a single city reaching from 5 to 10 million people by 2030, which is causing a lot of pressure on infrastructure systems that are designed to meet the requirements of a smaller proportion of the population, which necessitates cities to adopt the latest methods. Technological and communication systems to improve urban operations and services and implement environmental, social and institutional sustainability measures in order to ensure sustainable development.

He recommended a set of solutions that support efforts to develop sustainable smart cities, provide services to the population and maintain their cyber security, by conducting a proactive and periodic assessment of electronic risks, developing plans and preparing capabilities to respond to challenges, reviewing and evaluating the cyber security system on an ongoing basis, and monitoring the infrastructure of operational technologies.

He also recommended the need to adopt a multi-level approach to respond to cyber challenges, and the importance of cities benefiting from the development of the innovative digital business environment, such as automation using robots, “blockchain” technology and artificial intelligence, developing an advanced methodology to deal with various cyber challenges, enhancing the flexibility and readiness of smart cities and keeping pace with technological developments. To ensure the protection of city systems, and to enhance cybersecurity capabilities.

Knowledge partnerships to publish studies and reports with proactive visions

Last June, the World Government Summit announced the signing of 8 new knowledge partnerships with a selection of the most prominent consulting companies and specialized global research institutions, to launch a series of scientific reports and studies based on proactive visions to identify the most important trends and opportunities to support governments and enhance their readiness for the future.

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Quelle/Source: Middle East in 24, 01.11.2021

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