The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), National Security Agency (NSA), and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) are partnering with international partners’ cybersecurity agencies to publish cybersecurity best practices for smart cities, which integrate public services into a connected environment to increase efficiencies and improve the quality of life in various communities.
Seven agencies from five countries has published the Cybersecurity Information Sheet, “Cybersecurity Best Practices for Smart Cities,” highlighting how the integration of operational technology into a connected environment has many benefits, but can also be an attractive target for malicious cyber actors to steal critical infrastructure data and proprietary information, conduct ransomware operations, or launch destructive cyberattacks.
The report examines risks deriving from three areas: a large interconnected attack surface, the ICT supply chain and vendors, and the automation of infrastructure operations.
The authoring agencies also provide recommendations to help organizations balance efficiency and innovation with cybersecurity, privacy protections, and national security. They recommend that organizations implement these best practices to ensure the safe and secure operation of infrastructure systems, protection of citizens’ private data, and security of sensitive government and business data.