The Smart City concept develops on the pervasive use of Information Technology in urban environments to provide city residents with essential services. It encompasses a rising number of devices, services and applications aiming to make people life and everyday duties easier. On the basis of a dozen of technologies and standards, hundreds of device suppliers offer an extensive range of solutions (meters, actuators, sensors, micro-systems, etc.) that coexist in the urban environment.
On one hand, even if vendors try to agree on good practices for the implementation of devices and services for Smart Cities, the reality is that the interconnection of different products presents a number of issues in regard to interconnectivity and w.r.t. security and privacy. Moreover, resources constrained devices proliferate this scenario, so making the implementation of communication protocols and security mechanisms therein even more challenging. On the other hand, networking solutions emerged in the past years may help tackle the aforementioned issues.
Among the novel networking paradigms, Software-Defined Networking and Information-Centric Networking present promising features. Custom control plane logic in SDN controllers helps detect and promptly mitigate anomalies in network traffic. While, in ICNs, self-secured data, which are opportunistically cached by in-network storages, make secure communication channels to be set by pairs of fixed node no longer necessary. Hence, both paradigms seem to offer the right feature set to secure the Smart City network infrastructure and communication. Yet those paradigms need to be deeply investigated before moving in production environments where their potential could be eventually combined.
Future Smart Cities mandate robust network solutions for providing full interoperability, security, data privacy (e.g., for critical applications such as smart health). This workshop sets the stage for a wide and comprehensive discussion on the security improvements that could be achieved by leveraging novel network paradigms in the design of future Smart Cities. The workshop aims to attract research provided in several projects addressing topics related to platforms for Secure Smart Cities such as IDSECOM project and other European initiatives.