Cybersecurity agencies publish guide of cybersecurity best practices for smart city networks

From self-driving cars that communicate with traffic lights to water management solutions and drones that can zip deliveries automatically across otherwise congested neighborhoods, there’s a lot to be excited about when it comes to the future of smart cities. Emerging technology poses an opportunity for administrators to create safer, more efficient and resilient cities by leveraging data that’s collected via sensors and procesed with artificial intelligence. But as smart city technology expands alongside its use cases, so do the cybersecurity concerns local governments must contend with.

Guidance from the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) published Wednesday aims to help communities bolster their digital defences as they build infrastructure to support smart city solutions. The guide was created by CISA and the National Security Agency (NSA), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and cybersecurity agencies from the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.