On the security of Cyber Physical Systems for Smart, Circular cities
Many cities and their citizens are witnessing an unprecedented transformation attributed to the high penetration rate of digital technologies and services. The industry leaders racing for the establishment of the 5G standards and the high prioritisation of a sustainable growth agenda seem to be driving the evolution of the smart city paradigm. At the same time, Circular Economy is gaining the attention of major stakeholders (such as the European Commission) and policy makers. Circular Economy is defined as an economy that is restorative and regenerative by design, and which aims to keep products, components and materials at their highest utility and value at all times. In the modern, ICT-driven world, Circular Economy is expected to leverage the data generated and consumed by the assets in order to achieve a high utilisation. The term Data-Driven Circular Economy refers to the development of intelligent assets through the use of digital technologies such as IoT, networking as well as big data and AI to allow real-time decision making and optimisation in order to solve sustainability challenges. Inevitably, such systems are expected to expose a substantially large attack surface.
In this talk we will explore through a number of use cases some representative security challenges in data-driven Circular Economy ecosystems in the context of smart cities.