G20 Global Smart Cities Alliance Issues Roadmap

Dec 03, 2020
Smart City Security

The Global Smart Cities Alliance (GSCA) just published its Global Policy Roadmap for smart cities. The document consisted of policies analyzed by government experts, private-sector partners, and civil societies through GSCA.

The Global Policy Roadmap has 16 model policies with stakeholders consulted throughout the development. The Alliance selected these policies based on two conditions- they are established as good practice based on considerable experience in leading cities from multiple geographies and that they are foundational to building smart cities and not prescriptive of the technologies, applications, or outcomes.

GSCA has planned to build on the recommended roadmap over time, encouraging partners, cities, and experts to be involved and submit supporting evidence and joining the Alliance’s working group or Pioneer Programme.

A guide for better, smarter cities

The 16 model policies included ICT Accessibility, Open Data, Privacy Impact, Dig Once, Cyber Accountability Model, Data Structure, Agile Business Case Process, Partnership Models, Institutional Structure, Data Sharing Requirements in Procurement, Data Control and Ownership, Device and Data Registries, Minimum IoT Standards, Resilience Strategy, Social Impact Assessment, and Community Engagement.

The policies were selected to promote security resilience, transparency, and operational and financial sustainability in smart cities. Through the Alliance’s Pioneer Programme, over 30 cities have enlisted to test out the roadmap and give GSCA detailed feedback. These cities can work with Alliance partners and address the gaps in the policies tested. Some of the cities involved in the Pioneer Programme include Barcelona, Belfast, Dubai, Istanbul, Melbourne, and Toronto.

The enlisted cities applied to join the Pioneer Programme and attended webinars with Alliance experts. The cities’ officials then reviewed their policies in comparison to the Policy Roadmap and identified a focus area for piloting. They also attended workshops with other cities and policy experts to come up with policy proposals for implementation.

Good governance for responsible cybersecurity

One of the 16 policy models laid out by the Alliance is Cybersecurity Accountability. In the context of smart cities, this model aims to determine key areas for a model of accountability for cybersecurity applicable for all cities worldwide. Accountability in cybersecurity is important because it protects the city and its citizens’ informational and operational assets.

Moreover, this model focused on ensuring the cybersecurity and resilience of all information and physical infrastructure, including physical and cloud infrastructure, devices, networks, data, applications, and users.

The model also proposed that cybersecurity, including cybersecurity in a smart city, is owned, governed, and delivered at the Senior Leadership level. The Senior Officer would be accountable for enforcing the relevant policy, making sure that it adheres to minimum standards.

Cybersecurity accountability is vital as more and more cyberattacks and threats put cities at risk. Its also important to prepare for such threats to keep cities and other organizations protected. To learn more about the beauty of cybersecurity, click here.


Author: Ericka Pingol

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