The growing implementation of advanced technologies in urban environments has given rise to the concept of “smart cities”. These cities seek to improve the quality of life of citizens through the integration of technological solutions in various aspects, such as mobility, resource management, security, and energy efficiency. In this context, it is crucial to consider both safety and cybersecurity together to ensure the safe and efficient operation. Why?

First, to protect critical infrastructure. Smart cities rely heavily on a complex digital infrastructure that encompasses transportation systems, energy supply, health services, among others. Safety refers to protection against physical events and tangible threats, while cybersecurity focuses on protection against digital threats. Integrating both perspectives is essential to protect the critical infrastructure of a smart city from potential attacks and adverse events.

On the other hand, smart cities generate and use large amounts of data, many of which are sensitive and private. Ensuring the safety of this data involves protecting it against physical loss, theft, or natural disasters. On the other hand, cybersecurity is concerned with protecting this data against unauthorized access, cyber attacks, and malicious tampering. The combination of both ensures comprehensive and secure information management.

Safety and cybersecurity are complementary to address complex and multifaceted threats. By considering both dimensions, smart cities can strengthen their resilience against threats that could arise in both the physical world and cyberspace.

In addition, ensuring the trust of citizens in the technologies used in smart cities is essential. The successful implementation of safety and cybersecurity measures contributes to the positive perception of citizens about the reliability of technological services and systems in their urban environment.

In conclusion, the joint consideration of safety and cybersecurity is essential to ensure the functionality, security, and trust in smart cities. By addressing physical and digital threats in an integrated way, smart cities can move towards a safer, more efficient, and sustainable future.

At our QA&TEST SafSec conference, we address the integration of safety and cybersecurity throughout the development cycle and from the perspective of different industrial sectors. We hope to see you there!