Pune Smart City Development Corporation Limited (PSCDCL) and Data Security Council of India (DSCIL) have collaborated to conduct a Smart City Hackathon. The objective of this hackathon is to promote cyber security and data privacy in smart cities. They also plan to release a cyber security policy for the Pune Smart City.
PSCDCL is the Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) for the Pune Smart City project. The hackathon aims to bring awareness among the citizens regarding the possible threats in terms of cyber crime and how it can be prevented.
The cyber security policy aims to bring in guidance to the various departments working towards the Smart City Development projects in terms of maintaining cyber security and data privacy across people, process and technology.
The hackathon will focus on various layers of technology and the solution areas and aim to eradicate the scope of threat across different levels, including Internet of Things (IoT), application and network layers in the smart city projects and solutions.
According to Manojit Bose, Chief Knowledge Officer, PSCDCL, cyber security is a critical component in smart city architecture. While the cities digitally transform themselves with the help of the emerging technologies, they also get prone to increase the attack surface.
On the other hand, Rama Vedashree, Chief Executive Officer, DSCIL states that the Smart City initiative focuses on sustainable development of smart cities and involve digital technologies in order to deliver various services to the citizens.
According to Vedashree, one of the vices of this process is getting the citizens and administration exposed to cyber and data security risk.