Smart cities can become a cybernetic battlefield. Mixing old systems with new ones, city components not prepared for cyberattacks exposes us to a number of threats. Tomorrow in Katowice at CYBERSEC – European Cybersecurity Forum I will share my conclusions on the possibilities of securing our smart cities and regions using Blockchain.

In other thematic sessions, the issue of geopolitics and cyber defense in the context of 5G will also appear, in which Jacek Bartosiak will speak.

Blockchain is a term that means not only a distributed database. This is a completely new interinstitutional system that extracts data from silos and enables the creation of a new economy. Unfortunately, #IoT sensors, city management systems, city cards, and yet institutions and individuals are exposed to criminal activity. How to prepare for defense? Will we finally start thinking about our future and create our own plans and situational awareness?

I hope that by discussing among such noble panelists we will go a step further in creating our security.

Today 55% of the world population lives in urban areas, with United Nations predictions showing that by 2050 this percentage will rise up to 68%. Cities and urban communities are at the forefront of the digital revolution and very often serve as test beds for emerging technologies and cybersecurity solutions, as they help them face key urban challenges, from transportation and power supply to civic engagement. Regions and cities have it all to be the leading competence and innovation centres for cybersecurity.

Local ecosystems allow for real and efficient cooperation between the triple helix of government (both regional and national), university centres for research and innovation, large international companies, local SMEs and startups.

Additional support from the venture capital community is also a feature of these ecosystems. In turn, an innovative sector of products and services to secure the world’s digital DNA can develop on this foundation. Some regions and cities have already established regional cybersecurity hubs but others need to be incentivized and inspired to follow the trend.

We will invite representatives of selected innovation centres for cybersecurity to Poland to establish cooperation links and best practice sharing mechanisms with CEE regions and cities that are now lagging behind in building Digital Innovation Hubs for cybersecurity. We have to make the urban digital transformation human-centric and secure-by-design to ensure that in the times to come our world’s digital DNA is properly secured. That is why decision-makers at the regional level have to work hand in hand with industry leaders to build smart, secure and safe cities and regions – the foundational issues of the world.
The CYBERSEC CEE format for regions & cities will provide a suitable platform to approach the business sector, academia and local and regional governments to ensure they continue to be the places for people and technologies to thrive.

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