FREMONT, CA: The recent emergence of advanced technologies coupled with growing economic power, has led to the concept of smart cities, which are ideal and efficient. But, cybersecurity presents a significant challenge to it. To mitigate cybersecurity risks smart cities should devise a cyber resilience strategy. A more straightforward approach of opting for cybersecurity measures is not enough. A cybersecurity resilience strategy involves methods to handle a cybersecurity attack, in addition to the usual means of prevention.  

No matter how much a city tries to safeguard itself against cyber crimes, with the current set of technologies, a completely safe system can never be guaranteed. Hence, in the case of an impending cyber attack, the stakeholders must be well equipped to get the situation under control and minimize the impact that an attack might have.

A cybersecurity resilience strategy demands a cybersecurity expert. The value of a well-qualified and experienced expert in the field of cybersecurity is unmatched. Somebody who can provide expertise and be the head in the process of strategizing is essential to set the security infrastructure. The response part of the strategy plays a very vital role. Calculating the risks beforehand is mandatory in the course of making a resilience strategy. The experts can predict the responsiveness of security infrastructure by analyzing potential attacks.  Recognizing data that is sensitive is an essential step in bettering responsive mechanism as well.

Resilient systems in place energize plans so that even in case of failures, the recovery is fast. Many cities all over the world have already started to revamp themselves using technologies like digitalization, artificial intelligence, machine learning and big data analysis in a bid to better living standards, grow efficient and improve revenue generation. Smart cities can taste a great deal of success if they manage to curb the cybersecurity risk. A cybersecurity resilience strategy is a smart city’s best bet.