The Case for Hacking Your City

Better you before someone else.

As technology marches on, becoming more and more integrated, new issues are emerging.

One important issue to have emerged in the past decade is cybersecurity.

With a growing “internet of things,” new vulnerabilities are being discovered within city infrastructure and could potentially be exploited by nefarious parties.

Jonathan Keane’s recent piece for The Kernel goes into greater details about what can be done to nip this kind of problem in the bud. The short answer, hack your city before someone else does.

One horror story Keane paints is that of outdated and unsupported software. Keane mentions a striking claim that the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, runs its systems on Windows XP. Both the good and bad sides of software development wait for no one, so to run something like a massive building or a city on a program that was outdated when the Burj Khalifa is just asking for disaster.

Keane goes into this and more in his article which is highly worth the read.

The piece can be found here.


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