HSD Issue Brief no. 3: how can cyber resilience strategies help cities deal with risks in a hyper-connected world

June 19th 2014 - 12:30

From London to Lagos, from New York to New Delhi – modern cities are built on a dense jungle of wires and cables that form the indispensable infrastructures of our city life. Information and Communication Technology are the artery system that helps fuel economic growth, and makes cities more ‘smart’ and livable.

But this has also created new vulnerabilities. ICT failure can easily send a cascade of effects throughout our economy and society. The complexity of our cities makes it impossible to fully eliminate such threats. We can, however, develop strategies aimed at rapidly bouncing back when threats materialize. This Issue Brief elaborates on how cyber resilience strategies can help cities deal with risks in a hyper-connected world.

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Dr. Willem Theo Oosterveld is a non-resident senior fellow at HCSS. His areas of expertise include the politics of the Middle East, conflict analysis and peacebuilding, as well as law and development. He holds degrees in political science, international law, and history, having studied in Amsterdam, Leiden, Paris and New York, and was a visiting fellow at Harvard University. A former Fulbright scholar, he earned a PhD from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland.