Digital technology has provided society with hundreds of advances that make life easier and better for everyone. From the personal computer to the internet to the smartphone to the Internet of Things, we are increasingly living in a technologically driven world. But what if those technologies were bound together and used to build a Smart City? What would it take to make such a complex network feasible? And what would it look like to live in a such a city? Are these just the fevered imaginings of science fiction writers or could it be a real possibility?
ENISA has published its report on "Communication network interdependencies in smart grids". Smart grids are a fundamental component of the European critical infrastructure. They are rooted on communication networks that have become essential elements allowing the leveraging of the “smart” features of power grids. Smart grids provide real-time information on the grid, perform actions when required without any noticeable lag, and support gathering customer consumption information. On the downside, smart grids however, provide an increased attack surface for criminals; for instance, smart meters can be hacked to cut power bills as happened in Spain in 2014 or due to a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack or malware infection, communications and control of the network could be lost, causing an energy production halt and affecting several systems across borders.
Currently “Smart Home Environments” complement traditional home appliances with connected devices that collect, exchange and process data to create added-value services and enhance the quality of life of inhabitants. Emerging Smart Homes’ cyber threats such as malware on Smart TV, remote access to baby monitors etc., underscore the dependence on various technologies. As the security and privacy implications are not always clear to developers and users, they lead to possible consequences on the life, health and safety of inhabitants and visitors alike. Smart Homes face several challenges: traditional manufacturers develop connected objects with innovative functionalities but there is only a limited investment to ensure their security. The rapid development of Smart Home devices reuses several third-party components (hardware, software and services) while the security implications of these building-blocks remain a difficult aspect.
Intelling, a consultancy specializing in secure transactions is pleased to announce it publishes in partnership with the international exhibition for the digital security industry, dedicated to safe payment solutions, identification and mobility, a new Smart Insights White Paper covering the smart cities emerging market. The White Paper covers all major market segments deploying smart solutions, and provides information about many projects being currently deployed.
The European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA) published the Threat Landscape and Good Practice Guide for Smart Home and Converged Media today, a contribution towards the achievement the EU Cyber Security Strategy objectives. The study aims to identify both the security risks and challenges as well as the countermeasures required for emerging technologies in smart homes, providing a specific and focused approach, with an overview of the current state of cyber security in this emerging domain. For the compilation of this report, an informal expert group was created to collect input at various stages of the project. In addition, the study takes into account existing assessments and publicly available information sources and provides a thematic Threat Landscape in the area of Smart Homes.
enisa issues a report on Smart grid security certification in Europe targeted at EU Member States, the Commission, certification bodies and the private sector; with information on several certification approaches across the EU and other Member States and EFTA countries. It describes the specific European situation, and discusses the advantages and challenges towards a more harmonised certification practice.