Here's what I’m reading this week:
- Smart cities, smart attack surface: We've been focused on and fascinated by smart cities and all the innovations that they promise. From smart grids, to building management, to environmental monitoring and transportation, smart cities are built on sensors and data center processing power. All of this compute will indeed enable incredible new functionality, but it will also offer a remarkable swath of attack surface for intruders. A report out from the World Economic Forum earlier this month outlines some of the incredible complexity of the smart cities of the future that we can expect. It details the future we might imagine – but a closer look at the vision of what's to come reveals exposure and threat vectors as well.
I'm reading: "The cities of the future are going to look very different. Here's why."
- The EU founds a cybersecurity agency: On September 19th, EU President Jean-Claude Juncker announced a new European Union Cybersecurity Agency. The new organization will focus on building cybersecurity resiliency across Europe with a research center and a focus on innovating new cybersecurity defensive techniques. The agency will also be complemented with expanded law enforcement capabilities, as well as new initiatives to enable cross-border investigation of electronic evidence. As the EU steps up its focus on cybersecurity and cybercrime, this agency and these initiatives will be worth watching closely to see whether they parallel – or differ from – approaches taken here in the U.S.
I'm reading: "State of the Union 2017 - Cybersecurity: Commission scales up EU's response to cyber-attacks."