As Cities Get Smarter, Security Concerns Get Bigger, Trend Micro Research Finds

By: Jessie Bur January 19, 2017 | 11:02 am

More and more cities are employing “smart” technologies to improve communication with the public and reduce the burden on government services, but these technologies also open those cities to security and privacy dangers, according to a Trend Micro article released on Tuesday.

Smart cities are redefining the way we live and work. Blending cutting edge IoT (Internet of Things) technologies with virtualization, big data, cloud and more, they represent an urgent and ongoing attempt to overcome the challenges associated with rapid urbanization,” Ed Cabrera, chief cyber security officer at Trend Micro, wrote in a blog post. “There’s just one problem. These vast, interconnected technology systems also raise serious privacy and security concerns.”

According to Martin Roesler, director of threat research for Trend Micro’s Forward Looking Threat Research team, cities are particularly threatened by future IoT attacks because they pose an attractively visible target for hackers looking for maximum impact.

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What is IoT (Internet of Things) and How can it help government?

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September 27 & 28th in Burlington, Ontario

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The day will kick-off with Drew Dudley, who will help you understand how everyday leadership can set the stage for a culture of innovation and creative thinking. Co-founder of Keyhubs, Vikas Narula will then reinforce the importance of influence and human connection. Finally, Jennifer Spear, President and Creative Strategist at Cleanslate Strategies, will deliver a unique workshop that will help you be a better problem solver, strategic planner and make innovation and creativity a reality in your workplace.


Get ready to jump straight into ‘A Taste of White Space’ presented by Rick Boersma from Juice Inc. This workshop will demonstrate a cool way to capture innovation inspiration. The day continues with examples of innovative municipal programs and projects from across the country, presented by your municipal peers. Day two will wrap up with the CX Journey presented by Oracle. This is your chance to gain hands-on experience exploring this methodology and some real insight into the journey of your customers. 



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With pet licensing revenue being the main funding source for animal control the decline in licensing, and the ongoing and growing need for animal control, is leaving leaving municipalities with larger animal control budget deficits year after year.  This development has spurred the need for a new innovation surrounding municipal pet licensing in order to combat this trend.

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