Secure Connected Places
THE SECURE CONNECTED PLACES RESEARCH PROJECT
The Department for Science, Innovation and Technology (DSIT) is collaborating with Plexal on the second (beta) phase of a research project focused on the cyber security of connected places, also known as smart cities. Applications for local authorities to join the beta phase of testing are now closed.
BUILDING ON THE ALPHA PHASE
Between 2022 and 2023, DSIT worked with Plexal and six local authorities – of varying sizes, locations and technical maturities – to identify and respond to key connected places cyber security challenges to understand the support they required. This alpha phase of the project resulted in the alpha Secure Connected Places Playbook, a set of practical and accessible resources that support the cyber security of connected places.
The alpha Secure Connected Places Playbook consists of four resources:
- Connected places cyber security principles 101, which provides an introduction to connected places cyber security
- Governance in a box, which provides advice on the processes and considerations needed to set up good cyber security governance across all connected places projects
- Procurement & supply chain management , which provides advice on how to incorporate cyber security considerations into supply chain management lifecycle of their connected places
- Conducting a STRIDE-based threat analysis, with a structured framework to better understand the risks that they are taking on with a proposed connected places technology or project
WHY SECURE YOUR CONNECTED PLACES
The resources were developed based on feedback from the participating local authorities on where they wanted more support to strengthen and maintain the cyber resilience of their connected places.
To further refine and improve the alpha Playbook, DSIT is working with Plexal on a beta phase of the project. The beta phase will conduct more in-depth testing on the alpha Playbook with a larger cohort of local authorities. Working with this cohort, beta testing will ensure that the alpha Playbook resources work for the practical needs of local authorities and identify whether any additional support is required.
THE 13 LOCAL AUTHORITIES IN BETA TESTING
We welcome local authorities across the UK to take part in the second phase of testing for DSIT’s Secure Connected Places project:
- Renfrewshire Council
- Newry, Mourne and Down District Council
- Newcastle City Council
- Sunderland City Council
- Tees Valley
- City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council
- Sefton Council
- Sheffield City Council
- Staffordshire County Council
- Coventry City Council
- Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council
- West of England Combined Authority
- The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
GET IN TOUCH
To find out more about the project and the alpha Secure Connected Places Playbook get in touch.