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NCSC flags up cyber security for connected places


Mark Say Managing Editor

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The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has simplified its guidance on the principles for cyber security in connected places.

It has published a new infographic based on the principles that it released three years ago to ensure that connected places – or smart cities – are resilient to cyber attack.

This breaks down the principles into three main themes, firstly understanding elements of a connected place, taking in the potential impacts, risks, governance and skills, suppliers’ roles and legal and regulatory requirements.

Next comes designing the connected place, involving data architecture, reducing exposure, data assurance, resilience and scalability, and monitoring. Finally is the need to manage the features of the connected place, notably privileges for access to systems, the supply chain, life cycle and planning for response and recovery from any incidents.

In an accompanying blogpost, NCSC security consultant David G said: “The principles are particularly relevant for risk owners, CISOs, cyber security architects and engineers, and other personnel who will be running the day-to-day operations of the connected places infrastructure.

“Even if you are familiar with the principles, the infographic can support your understanding.”

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