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Research Topic Description, including Problem Statement:
Smart cities are physically distributed and typically uncontrolled environments within which a wide range of devices are deployed. To ensure the security of their environments, system integrators and maintainers of smart cities need to have comprehensive awareness of devices within their smart city networks, and confidence that those devices are not being impersonated. While some of this functionality may be provided by network protocols used in a smart city, the heterogeneity of current smart city networks does not present a clear mechanism for system-wide device identification and authentication.
This project would be expected to:
Suggested approaches would include:
Relevance to the Intelligence Community:
Smart Cities and similar initiatives are large-scale deployments of interconnected systems and devices that observe, analyse and act upon data to provide a service or function to the public. The union of discrete technology stacks at a large scale is what provides the utility of a smart city. Technologies deployed at such a scale promise to improve the lives of citizens, efficiently deliver essential and ancillary services, and increase economic productivity with minimal user interaction.
The highly connected nature of a smart city creates a unique risk profile that must be considered. Increased scale and complexity create novel risks and amplify those already known. Identifying and authenticating devices in this environment is a critical first step in helping risk owners appropriately manage and secure their systems.
Information relevant to the intelligence community could be prioritized as follows:
Understanding how to identify and authenticate complex protocol agnostic devices will lay a foundation to provide incident responders and cyber uplift analysts with the necessary information to address the risks associated with the field in terms of national security.
L. Xia, D.T. Semirumi, R. Rezaei, (2023), ‘A thorough examination of smart city applications: Exploring challenges and solutions throughout the life cycle with emphasis on safeguarding citizen privacy’, Sustainable Cities and Society, Volume 98, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scs.2023.10477.
Key Words: Complex Systems, Architecture, Device Discovery, Smart Cities, IoT, IIoT, Cyber Security, Data Verification, Authentication, Identification.