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Auditing the Smart City

Online Exclusives Russell A. Jackson May 02, 2019

Increasingly sophisticated municipal technologies introduce a host of risks that must be addressed.

​As cities aggressively adopt “smart” technology — especially in the very public-facing transportation and safety arenas — municipal auditors will increasingly find themselves facing a new version of a familiar risk: cybersecurity. The underpinning of Internet-of-Things (IoT) connectedness that makes smart tech so smart is also its Achilles’ heel, offering hackers access, on a vast scale, to all kinds of complicated technologies — and the people they affect. And countering that risk may require new internal audit skills and tools.

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Russell A. Jackson

Russell A. Jackson is a freelance writer based in West Hollywood, CA.