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On the security of Cyber Physical Systems for Smart, Circular cities

Vasilis Katos

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.

Speaker bio

Bio: Vasilis Katos is Professor at Bournemouth University, Department of Computing and Informatics, . Vasilis obtained an MEng in Electrical Engineering from Democritus University of Thrace in Greece, an MBA from Keele University in the UK and a PhD in Computer Science (network security and cryptography) from Aston University. He is a certified Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator (CHFI) and ENISA's NIS expert. In a past life, he worked in the Industry as Information Security Consultant (for Novell). Vasilis' research falls in the area of digital forensics and incident response where he has also served as Expert Witness. He is actively involved in a number of funded research projects and in several national and international cyberdefence exercises. He has over 100 publications in journals, book chapters and conference proceedings and serves as a reviewer on several reputable conferences and journals (for example, IEEE Communications Letters, Computers & Security, IEEE Transactions in IoT, ACM Computing Surveys), has coordinated and delivered a number of workshops, both in an academic and a security professionals context. Vasilis is a member of the editorial board of Computers & Security. He is currently leading the development of Bournemouth University’s Computer Emergency and Response Team (BU-CERT).

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