Oct. 12 (UPI) -- Chicago might have one of the highest murder rates in the nation, but its digital security is considered to be among the safest in the world, according to a survey released Thursday.
The Economist Intelligence Unit's annual Safe Cities Index ranked Chicago as the third-safest city in the world for digital security, behind only Tokyo and Singapore. Chicago's high ranking was due to a cybersecurity training initiative announced in January by Mayor Rahm Emanuel that partners City Colleges of Chicago with the U.S. Department of Defense.
The training "is designed to increase the supply of professionals able to secure critical computer networks in the public and private sectors," the EIU said in its survey.
As more cities implement the internet and cyber technology for everyday tasks, the survey said cybersecurity will become an increasingly important factor in gauging a city's overall safety.
"The rapid deployment of digital technologies in pursuit of the 'smart city' has also exposed vulnerabilities. While smart city technologies no doubt bring benefits, the rush to embrace them carries considerable risk," the report states. "If investments in digital technologies are not accompanied by commensurate investments in cyber security, the consequences could be dire. An entire city could be left in chaos if hackers were to shut down the power supply; a prospect city officials now need to plan against."
The United States has five cities ranked in the top ten for digital security. Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York and Dallas ranked seventh, eighth, ninth and tenth, respectively.