Design and evaluation of resilient infrastructures systems for smart cities

Jesus Pacheco, Cihan Tunc, Salim Hariri

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

18 Scopus citations


Cities are rapidly converging toward digital technologies in order to provide advanced information services, efficient management, and resource utilization that will positively impact all aspects of our life and economy. This has led to the proliferation of ubiquitous connectivity to critical infrastructures (electrical grid, utility networks, finance, etc.) that are used to deliver advanced information services to homes, businesses, and government. On the other hand, such smart systems are more complex, dynamic, heterogeneous, and have many vulnerabilities that can be exploited by cyberattacks. Protecting and securing the resources and services of smart cities become critically important due to the disruptive or even potentially life-threatening nature of a failure or attack on smart cities' infrastructures. In this paper we present a resilient architecture that protects smart cities' communications, controls, and computations based on autonomic computing and Moving Target Defense (MTD) techniques. The key idea to achieve resiliency is based on making it extremely difficult for the attackers to figure out the current active execution environments used to run smart city services by randomizing the use of these resources at runtime. We have evaluated and validated our approach by applying a wide range of attacks against our smart infrastructures testbed and demonstrated that the provided services can tolerate with little overhead these attacks.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationIEEE 2nd International Smart Cities Conference
Subtitle of host publicationImproving the Citizens Quality of Life, ISC2 2016 - Proceedings
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781509018451
StatePublished - Sep 30 2016
Event2nd IEEE International Smart Cities Conference, ISC2 2016 - Trento, Italy
Duration: Sep 12 2016Sep 15 2016

Publication series

NameIEEE 2nd International Smart Cities Conference: Improving the Citizens Quality of Life, ISC2 2016 - Proceedings


Other2nd IEEE International Smart Cities Conference, ISC2 2016


  • Cloud computing
  • Critical infrastructures
  • Cybersecurity
  • Internet of things
  • Resiliency
  • Smart city

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urban Studies
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Computer Science Applications


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