Dubai (UNA-OIC) – By 2050, 70 percent of the world’s population will live in urban areas, according to a new study of the World Government Summit (WGS).
It further says that catering to the demands of the ever-increasing population in cities and impacts on business operations will require innovative methods and digital solutions to accomplish it.
While smart cities continue to invest in emerging and disruptive technologies to develop sustainably and navigate the new era of resident demands, such rapid digitalization presents an opaque universe of cyber challenges that may cause significant harm, says the ‘Security by Design – Safe and Secure Smart Cities in a Volatile Cyber World’ report, produced in collaboration with Ernst and Young (EY).
The report highlights the need for governments and smart cities across the world to analyze and build security requirements at all levels. It also focuses on the need for governments to invest heavily in securing information and communication technologies, including all digital services, while increasing cyber awareness among all stakeholders, residents, and government officials.
The report further identifies the main challenges facing smart cities, such as insecure devices, linking vision to strategy and policies, implementing multiple programs, insufficient funding, absence of unified security structures, and security controls for operational technology infrastructure.