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Finland’s first smart city cyber security strategy and implementation plan for Jyväskylä’s Kangas area

Finland’s first new city suburb cyber security strategy and implementation plan have been drawn up for the Kangas area of Jyväskylä. The cyber security vision for Kangas is that the area’s security solutions are in balance with technological development and security threats generated by increased interaction. The key element of the strategy is continuous work which focuses on ensuring cyber security across the complete lifecycle of the area. A Jyväskylä-based company, Relator Oy, was responsible for drafting the strategy.

The smart suburb, the Kangas area of Jyväskylä, will in future consist of a growing number of devices and systems connected to data networks and the development of these is extremely rapid. A smart city is at no stage complete but rather a complex of systems that evolves over time. From a cyber security perspective this means that enabling security during the construction phase is highly important, but the emphasis in safeguarding cyber security is on continuous work and updating the strategy right across the area’s lifecycle.

Definition of the cyber security strategy for Kangas was conducted in the summer of 2015. The cyber security strategy was drawn up from the Smart Kangas vision. This envisages that everyday existence in the Kangas area is of a high standard and flows smoothly in a safe, appealing environment. Kangas is resource-wise and attractive as a place in which to work. Also taken into account in the cyber security strategy was the Kangas area’s open, smart and experimental culture.

Technological solutions pose a challenge to cyber security

Kangas’ cyber security strategy rests on three cornerstones, which are the management model, contractual obligation and plans of action based on risks. The cornerstones are intended to guide the measures by means of which the vision of a cyber-secure Kangas can be achieved.

The smart city, Kangas, is going to contain a large amount of technology, which enlarges the so-called attack surface. Cyber threats are not just limited to attacks; the smart city and its ICT solutions are increasingly dependent on electricity and communications links. In the risk-based plan of action assessment will be made of cyber threats, cost-effective precautions taken to combat threats, cyber awareness raised in the area, and continuous monitoring and assessment carried out. Formulation of a strategy and implementation plan in this manner to cover an entire area of a city has never previously been conducted.

In addition the strategy contains positions on the implementation of cyber security. The positions concern in particular the safeguarding of infrastructure, such as a fibre optic-based area network, building automation and cabling, WLAN networks, mobile networks and the Kangas area portal. Recommendations have also been made regarding the overall security of residents and enterprises, living solutions and services, as well as research and development activity.

- Security issues must be dealt with as a complete package. When a new area is being built, it is a good thing that security and cyber security as part of this are considered from a broad perspective. In the future smart cities will be more and more vulnerable, so it is great that in Jyväskylä we have served as pioneers in this respect, comments Riku Nykänen, Information Security Consultant at Relator Oy.

Extensive cooperation behind the strategy

The cyber security strategy was commissioned by the City of Jyväskylä. A look behind the strategy reveals extensive cooperation involving a number of different players. Contributions to the strategy were made by: the University of Jyväskylä, JAMK University of Applied Sciences, the Finnish Communications Regulatory Authority, Jyväskylä Regional Development Company Jykes Ltd, Tekes – the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation, and Jyväskylä Energy Group. Compiling and drafting the strategy was taken care of by Relator Oy.

- Building a smart city is not possible without due regard for cyber security. The best thing has been our involvement with enterprises and educational institutions. As a result our understanding and expertise in cyber security here in Jyväskylä has experienced an additional boost, said Anne Sandelin, Director, Strategic Urban Planning Projects at the City of Jyväskylä.

The Finnish Communications Regulatory Authority gave the strategy group information about cyber threat scenarios and privacy protection among other things.

- It’s marvellous that cyber security issues have been made a part of the area’s planning and construction phase. At this stage paying attention to cyber security still costs relatively little, but if you start tackling these things after the event it’s then that they turn out really expensive. It also follows naturally that Jyväskylä has adopted a pioneering role because the city has a reputation for being a front-runner in Finland where cyber security is concerned, emphasised Jarkko Saarimäki, Head of Security Regulation at the Finnish Communications Regulatory Authority.

In the future Smart Kangas will be an area of high all-round security for the city centre of Jyväskylä to expand into, an area where cyber security strategies live and develop as part of everyday life. Kangas offers a highly attractive operating environment for enterprises involved in the development of cyber-secure solutions and for enterprises that require cyber-secure solutions in conducting their business.

Learn more about the cyber security strategy for Kangas online:

Further information:
Riku Nykänen, Information Security Consultant, Relator Oy, tel. +358 50 384 3733
Anne Sandelin, Director, Strategic Urban Planning Projects, City of Jyväskylä, tel. +358 40 581 9958
Jarkko Saarimäki, Head of Security Regulation, Finnish Communications Regulatory Authority, tel. +358 40 836 0397

24.9.2015Mikael Ratschinskij

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