Are smart cities just a ticking time bomb for future CIOs/CISOs?

I'm worried about our grid. We keep seeing problems with it, especially in Texas after a little snow, but also from the security perspective. With smart cities are on the horizon and I'm like, "Hey, what about securing your so called smart cities?" It doesn't exist. That's a problem. So how do we go around fixing this? Because if you look in APAC, and these other regions, the cities are these giant 10 million people cities. They're not all little neighborhood cities like we have. So we can't really secure city to city, we have to come up with a county solution, or a state solution, or something, because there's holes everywhere. When you're running a 300 person town versus a 10 million person city, it's just as vulnerable.

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I'm worried about our grid. We keep seeing problems with it, especially in Texas after a little snow, but also from the security perspective. With smart cities are on the horizon and I'm like, "Hey, what about securing your so called smart cities?" It doesn't exist. That's a problem. So how do we go around fixing this? Because if you look in APAC, and these other regions, the cities are these giant 10 million people cities. They're not all little neighborhood cities like we have. So we can't really secure city to city, we have to come up with a county solution, or a state solution, or something, because there's holes everywhere. When you're running a 300 person town versus a 10 million person city, it's just as vulnerable.
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India is on a quest for smart cities now. The current prime minister wants to convert most of the cities to smart cities for sustainability. India is a young nation that needs innovation to even survive in this world. I had an opportunity to work with a smart city, and I looked at their design and I said, "Guys, you're up for a big surprise." They were like, "No, we're fine. We're ISO certified, and so forth." I just learned last week, the entire smart city, which includes the grid, the dairy, the sewer, water treatment, solar, everything was compromised. Simple ransomware attack, no proper backups. You hear stories like that, and you're like, seriously guys. Now it puts you back several months. How are you going to even recover and advance. It's going to put several others in a defense mode, complete defensive, like how do we even handle that? So it's a very interesting use case, I'm still trying to understand what might have been. Never focused on patching, never had segmentation, never had proper recovery strategy, and here they are in a very interesting situation.
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