Powering the Future – Mark de Groot (KPN) about cybercrimes in a connected city

A smart city is a city in which modern ICT and IoT technologies are used to manage and control the city. The aim of a smart city is to improve the quality of life of citizens and organise the city more efficiently.

Mark de Groot, team leader ethical hacking at KPN mentioned a number of challenges that smart cities are facing. For example, the management of vulnerabilities is becoming increasingly important, because all this technology must also remain up-to-date. There are millions of components connected via a network of sensors, internet and state-of-the-art technological devices powered by IoT. Therefore it is an important question to ask who is responsible for which part of this chain. According to Mark de Groot, because of that responding to incidents is also a challenge.

Mark de Groot says that a cyberattack consists of three phases. In the first phase, cybercriminals will explore; e-mail, social networks and ports will be scanned. On this basis, the weapon is selected and delivered. In the second phase, the weapon is activated and installed. Next, the cybercriminal gets access and the objective can be achieved. After that, the cybercriminal starts again at phase one to get deeper and deeper into the victim's network.