Recent Research & Whitepapers

The cybersecurity of a smart city involves both strategic planning for future cities and the recognition of issues in cities that already have ’smart’ components. Recent research undertaken by participants and partners of the Securing Smart Cities (SSC) initiative is made freely available to help prevent security errors when implementing and exploiting smart technologies in modern cities. Knowledge is power. To make your city cyber-safe, here you can find articles, whitepapers and other materials prepared by SSC participants and partners that offer a practical approach to the security of smart cities.

Establishing a Safe and Secure Municipal Drone Program
Whether you are a fan of them or not, it is becoming increasingly evident that drones will in fact play an important and even critical role in the smart city environment. Cities around the world are actively working to implement large-scale drone programs to support various functions ranging from medical, transportation and agricultural to emergency management and infrastructure protection. It is important that these drone systems be safe, stable, resilient and sustainable.

AUTHOR: Brian Russell, Chief Engineer, Leidos, Mohamad Amin Hasbini Senior Security Researcher, Kaspersky Lab and Martin Tom-Petersen, Client director and partner, Smart City Catalyst
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Fooling the 'Smart City'  
The concept of a smart city brings together many modern technologies and solutions. Smart city infrastructures develop faster than security tools do, leaving ample room for the activities of both curious researchers and cybercriminals. 

AUTHOR:Denis Makrushin, Security Researcher at Kaspersky Lab, Vladimir Dashchenko, Research Developer, Critical Infrastructure Protection at Kaspersky Lab 
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(Ab)using Smart City  
Since these last few years our world has been getting smarter and smarter. We may ask ourselves: what does smart mean? It is the possibility of building systems which are nodes of a more complex network, digitally connected to the internet and to the nal users. Our cities are becoming one of those networks and over time more and more elements are getting connected to such network: from trac lights to information signs, from trac and surveillance cameras to transport systems. This last element, also called as Smart Mobility is the subject of our analysis.  

AUTHOR: Matteo Beccaro, Founder & CTO at Opposing Force, Matteo Collura, Researcher at Politecnico di Torino
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The Smart City Department Cyber Security role and implications  
Interest in the smart city concept has grown exponentially over the past few years, with top research being done in the Internet of Things (IoT) and urban domains to define, assess, and improve smart city services and offerings. In smart cities, information security plays a major role in protecting the higher levels of confidentiality, availability, and integrity as well as the stability that national services and organizations need to support sustainable and livable smart environments.  

AUTOR: Mohamad Amin Hasbini (Kaspersky Lab), Cesar Cerrudo (IOActive Labs), David Jordan (Arlington County Government, Virginia, USA), Ramzi El-Haddadeh (Qatar University), Alan Seow, (Cyber Security Practitioner), Samir Pawaskar, (Qatar Ministry of Information and Communications Technology Team). 
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Pen Testing a City 
How would you take down a city? How would you prepare for and defend against such an attack? The information security community does a great job of identifying security vulnerabilities in individual technologies and penetration testing teams help secure companies. At the next level of scale, however, things tend to fall apart... Read more in the Pentesting a City whitepaper. 

AUTOR: Gregory Conti (West Point), Tom Cross (Drawbridge Networks), and David Raymond (Virginia Tech) 
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Cyber Security Guidelines for Smart City Technology Adoption 
Interest in the smart city concept has grown continuously over in the past few years, with top research being done in the Internet of Things (IoT) and urban domains to define, assess, and improve smart city services and offerings. In smart cities, information security plays a major role in protecting the higher levels of confidentiality, availability, and integrity as well as the stability that national services and organizations need to support sustainable and livable smart environments.
The purpose of this document is to provide guidelines for public and private organizations when planning and organizing the selection and validation of smart city technologies. It describes the types of testing and assessments to consider in order to select the best and most secure vendors and technologies.

AUTHOR: Cesar Cerrudo, Amin Hasbini, Brian Russell
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Does CCTV put the public at risk of cyberattack?: How Insecure surveillance technology is working against you 
It is no secret that police departments and governments have been monitoring city streets for years, with security cameras proving invaluable in crime investigation and prevention. However, as a result of research conducted by Kaspersky Lab researcher Vasilios Hioureas and his fellow researcher Thomas Kinsey from Exigent Systems Inc., these systems could also be used in a harmful way.

AUTHOR: Vasilios Hioureas, Thomas (TK) Kinsey
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An Emerging US (and World) Threat: Cities Wide Open to Cyber Attacks
Cities around the world are becoming increasingly smart, which creates huge attack surfaces for potential cyber attacks. 
In this paper, IOActive Labs CTO Cesar Cerrudo provides an overview of current cyber security problems affecting cities as well real threats and possible cyber attacks that could have a huge impact on cities. Cities must take defensive steps now, and Cesar offers recommendations to help them get started. 

AUTHOR: Cesar Cerrudo
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Transformational ‘smart cities’: cyber security and resilience
This report will explore the requirements and challenges of creating a secure, reliable and resilient smart city. It will consider how administrations and the overall city ecosystems will need to provide innovative, resilient ‘smart’ solutions that leverage digital information while protecting against malicious violations, unintentional damage and natural disasters. 

AUTHOR:Giampiero Nanni
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Videos & Webinars

Smart City Security: Hacking and Securing Smart Cities
Modern cities are becoming smart by making use of new technologies for traffic control, public transport, street lighting, security, city  and resource management, and other improvements. These enhancements are extremely useful for citizens, however they come with inherent risk.
During this presentation from Cesar Cerrudo, CTO for IOActive, you will be shown how these technologies are vulnerable, as well as an overview of current and future threats. Cesar will also provide recommendations on how to improve a smart city’s security posture.