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Protecting Smart-City
Data and Infrastructure

20 June, 2022
Expert Speakers
Clarion SeaU, Helsingborg, Sweden
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Protecting Critical Data and Infrastructure in the Smart City


The Meet-Up
20th June 2022 - Helsingborg (Sweden)

The Meet-Up 20th June 2022 - Helsingborg (Sweden) Smart cities improve quality of life and sustainability by integrating data from connected sensors and computer systems. But in doing so, they expose residents to new threats. That's why cybersecurity and data protection are fundamental to smart city success.

The Speakers

The Meet-Up & Topics

The Meet-Up & Topics Smart Cyber City is a half day meet-up that will convene a group of teach heads, thought leaders, practitioners, and investors. We will wrestle with the hard questions that need to be addressed to construct the smart city on a solid foundation. The meet-up takes place during the H22 Expo, a premier international event dedicated to the city of tomorrow that is expected to draw 1 million visitors.

Protecting critical data and infrastructure

Smart cities are urban environments undergoing extensive digital transformation. These cities deploy new technologies to provide residents and visitors with advanced capabilities for mobility, environmental sustainability, energy efficiency, and public safety. They continuously exchange information and data among their infrastructure and devices. security issues include shielding privacy and protecting critical systems from attacks and failures.

Data protection and the law

Data protection and privacy are longstanding issues that have been around as long as computers with private information have existed. In smart cities, however, they are of paramount importance due to the role that data plays in everyday operations. Smart cities are increasingly combining digital technology and urban design to create efficient and sustainable environments. A city that knows its citizens can empower them, improve quality of life and ultimately help them choose healthier and safer lifestyles.

Cybersecurity for smart cities

Smart cities will help us live better lives, but also make us more vulnerable to cyber-attacks. However, with the expertise of the right people and tools, we can build smart cities on a fundamentally secure foundation, making them less prone to digital attacks, while creating a safer and more efficient infrastructure. A new generation of cybersecurity tools is under development for the smart city era. And an expanded cybersecurity workforce must be trained to use them.

The intersection of cyber and physical security

Physical security, privacy, and infrastructure protection are all increasingly dependent on digital security. To secure systems of all kinds, it is no longer enough just to ensure that they are secure "from the inside out" -- they also must be secure "from the outside in" against those who could penetrate them either intentionally or unintentionally. When Operational Technology (OT) systems that control industrial and smart city environments are made available in Information Technology (IT) systems or on the Internet, the challenges are multiplied.

Enabling vulnerable populations to thrive

Smart cities have the potential to empower people with physical and cognitive disabilities. Wayfinding, augmented reality, and autonomous mobility options are especially valuable to those who struggle in conventional environments. The potential will only be realized if the needs and rights of vulnerable populations are prioritized. And smart cities have a special responsibility to protect vulnerable people from disruptions due to system failures or attacks.

The role of the DPO in the smart city

TThe role of the Data Protection Officer (DPO) has been strengthened by an abundance of new data protection legislation in recent years, in particular the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). DPOs need technology savvy along with a strong legal and compliance perspective. The role of the Data Protection Officer will grow with the emergence of smart cities. They have an underappreciated potential to contribute to the success of the smart city endeavor.

What could go wrong?

The possibilities for helping people or threatening their lives from the introduction of superintelligent and autonomous systems in our cities is tremendous. We may one day witness a global climate disrupting disaster, food crisis, epidemic, or other calamity due to faulty computer models and machines running on faulty algorithms. There are ways to identify, evaluate and minimize these threats.

Live hacking demos

The purpose of the demonstrations is to show the ease with which skilled hackers can breach common systems. Each complete process will take less than 5 minutes and will be conducted in front of a live audience. The demos will be performed on real systems and current release products.

Leveraging artificial intelligence

Ensuring smart city security requires leveraging artificial intelligence for real-time detection of anomalies in operations, threat analysis and response and predictive enforcement of rules for effective public safety management. But the security footprint of smart cities and the role of artificial intelligence are very much in flux today with few clear and compelling examples from early adopters.

Investment opportunities

Optimizing smart city operations and security offers attractive investment opportunities for start-up companies and established players. We will explore the investment implications of the various smart-city themes discussed at the Meet-Up.

The role of the individual

Smart city security means 'mobilizing the people' in a city. Smart city security deters crime, ensures the safety of individuals and property, and serves everyone in the city from the authorities to ordinary people, businesses, government agencies and non-profit organizations. Normal citizens will have a crucial role in smart city security.

Smart cities and pandemics

The COVID-19 pandemic demonstrated the unique dangers of high population density in the presence of a fast-spreading virus. Unprecedented lockdowns and social restrictions were employed as blunt instruments in attempts to slow down the spread. Smart city sensor networks offer the potential to provide early warning systems and more targeted, less disruptive responses.


Featured Speakers


Cyber Security Expert

In recent years Matthew has led innovative and daring cyber security research projects that were featured by the BBC.

Mike Godfrey

Industrial Security Expert

Mike is an established security researcher and formally worked in counter-terror/intelligence operations.


Webinar Schedule

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    Feb 22, 2022

Protecting Critical Data and Infrastructure in Smart City


Bruce Hecht


Bruce is an IEEE Senior Member and has served as guest editor for the IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits. He is currently a member of the steering committee for the IEEE Design & Test Magazine. In 2017, Bruce achieved the Executive Certificate in Management & Leadership in the Greater Boston Leadership Program at MIT and was 2014-2016 MIT Advanced Study Fellow. He now serves as a mentor and advisor for participants in the MIT Systems Design and Management program connecting systems engineering, systems, architecture, and methodology for safety and security engineering.


Matthew T. Carr


Matthew Carr is a cybersecurity researcher and penetration tester who has worked with governments to secure critical infrastructure and communications. He is a regular presenter at leading industry events and lectures on industrial and offensive security. In recent years he led innovative and daring cyber security research projects that were featured by the BBC, The Register, and Fox News, including print, radio, and TV interviews. Matthew achieved top-50 VIP researcher status on open bug bounty and discovered two Zero-Day vulnerabilities, one of which affected national security.


Justin Garrison


Justin Garrison is a managing director at BV Investment Partners, a private equity firm that partners with entrepreneurs to provide strategic, operating and analytical assistance to accelerate their growth. Previously, he was an Analyst in the investment banking division of Bear, Stearns & Co., Inc., and an Analyst at Archstone Consulting. Justin earned his B.A. in Economics from Middlebury College and his MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.


David E. Williams


David E. Williams is a technology and healthcare entrepreneur, board member, blogger and podcaster. His interest in computers and cyber security began at age 16, when he inadvertently crashed a hospital’s minicomputer. After being confronted by angry IT staff who ran upstairs to investigate, he largely stuck to the business side of the equation.

He earned an undergraduate degree in economics from Wesleyan and an MBA from Harvard, then worked for The Boston Consulting Group and MedPharma Partners. He has chaired federal government panels focused on implementing health information technology.


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June 20th, 2022
SeaU, Helsingborg