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Kaspersky at GITEX: Cyber threats that affect smart cities affect everyone

Kaspersky at GITEX: Cyber threats that affect smart cities affect everyone

Mohammad Ami Hasbini, Senior-Security Researcher, Global Research Analysis Team, GReAT, META, Kaspersky Lab

At GITEX Technology Week 2016, Kaspersky Lab presented an overview of the changing cyber threat landscape in the Middle East with special emphasis on the protection of critical infrastructures and smart cities.

According to Kaspersky Security Network, an average of 17.4% users in the Middle East encountered cyberthreats originating from the Internet in the third quarter of 2016. The countries with the highest percentage of users affected by these threats were Qatar (24.4%), United Arab Emirates (22.8%), Kuwait (20.1%), Saudi Arabia (17.9%) and Egypt (17.1%). At the same time, an average of 47% of users in the region encountered malware that spread in local networks, via USBs and storage disks.

“Raising awareness about cyber threats is fundamental for smart environments. Rapid technological advances in recent years require threat intelligence research and a strategic collaboration between critical infrastructure and smart cities. A cyber incident can have a major impact on the economical, reputational and productivity aspects of an organisation, it can also threaten human lives. Consequently, we have been making a lot of efforts at Kaspersky Lab towards securing the different components of smart cities, contributing our expertise within the Securing Smart Cities not-for-profit global initiative, and that’s predominantly why we are highlighting these issues this week at GITEX,” said Mohammad Amin Hasbini, Senior Security Researcher, Global Research & Analysis Team, Kaspersky Lab.

The concept of a smart city involves bringing together various cutting-edge technologies and solutions to ensure the reliable and convenient provision of services to people, public safety, resources utilisation, etc. However, these technologies also open the doors for serious cyber risks that must be addressed proactively. Smart city security should be top priority for the executives pioneering the smart city evolution.

“Our recent study investigated city kiosks as well as speed cameras and their supporting infrastructure. Our experts discovered that cybercriminals could easily compromise these cameras and manipulate the data collected. To prevent such situations in real life, there should be a comprehensive approach to the development and implementation of smart devices into a city’s infrastructure,” comments Hasbini.

In addition to sharing its expertise, Kaspersky Lab provides a range of solutions that cover major smart city elements, including smart terminals, mobile applications, data storage and security for commercial and industrial facilities. The company’s portfolio of security solutions that can help in developing smart cities includes:

  • Kaspersky Security Intelligence Services;
  • Kaspersky Industrial CyberSecurity;
  • Kaspersky Security for Data Centers;
  • Kaspersky Embedded Systems Security for ATMs and Point-of-Sale Terminals;
  • Kaspersky Mobile Security;
  • Kaspersky Anti-Targeted Attack Platform.