US mayors adopt data protection and infrastructure resilience resolution


Developed by data center firm Switch, and the City of Reno in Nevada, US mayors have adopted the Data Protection at the Edge Resolution to enhance data and infrastructure security and resilience.

The resolution calls for greater protection against the risks of physical intrusion and infiltration of edge sensors associated with the deployment of smart city technologies.

The mayors encourage the Administration and the US Congress to accelerate the deployment of fault-tolerant technologies to boost the resilience, redundancy, and reliability of data systems.

In addition, the mayors have called for the development and adoption of the highest possible physical infrastructure standards to ensure data centers and edge computing facilities function with the strongest continuity of service and network operations – the aim being to protect public and private data.

“As the country’s first Mayor to oversee the unmanned and autonomous deployment of aerial commercial drones over an urban area in downtown Reno, I know first-hand that the incredible growth of data being generated by the Internet of Things and the continued evolution of smart cities requires the most secure infrastructure possible,” said Reno Mayor Hilary Schieve. “As mayors on the front line of technology deployment, we call on the Administration and our Congressional leaders to adopt the highest national standards for the safety and integrity of this data across the nation.”

“As our cities continue to embrace the rapid adoption of smart city technology through connected devices, deployment of sensors, autonomous vehicles, smart grids and more, we must ensure the massive growth of data infrastructure is as strong and resilient as possible,” said Henderson Mayor Debra March. “That is why I co-sponsored this resolution calling for a continued focus on bolstering data security and infrastructure at the national level to better protect Hendersonand other cities all across our nation from harm.”