Why Smart Building IoT Cybersecurity Standards Are Important
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Smart buildings offer tremendous benefits. From energy reduction to increased productivity to better occupant experiences, it’s no wonder smart technology is becoming an essential part of modern buildings. But with increased connectivity and each device serving as a potential point of entry, smart buildings are vulnerable to cyber attacks in ways that traditional buildings are not.
Cyber attacks can cause significant damages that result in extended downtime and financial losses. But one of the most serious risks is compromising employee and occupant data. Cybersecurity in smart buildings must be a top priority to keep employees and occupants safe and protect the valuable relationships you have with the people in your buildings.
As smart buildings become more common, so do the cyber attacks that target them. In 2019 alone, nearly 4 out of every 10 smart buildings were targeted by malicious actors, and that number is only expected to grow. You need to know what you are up against.
Common types of cyber attacks include:
While hindering operations and demanding ransoms can be a huge blow for business, compromised personal data can be even more damaging. If cyber criminals gain access to employee and occupant data, the repercussions can be personally devastating for the affected individuals. Moreover, the loss of trust can have a profound impact on your business. But there are solutions that ensure strong cybersecurity in smart buildings.
The vulnerabilities created by smart technology may make some people question whether making a building smart is worth it. But with a thoughtful approach and the right tools, you can protect yourself against cybersecurity risks while optimizing the benefits of smart building technology.
Buildings IOT’s innovative smart building solutions are secure from end-to-end. The following are just some of the ways we ensure strong cybersecurity in smart buildings:
At Buildings IOT, we don’t just hand anybody the keys. We have the strongest tools in the industry and set you up for success by providing long-term assistance from our customer success team. This partnership ensures that your operation is as secure and efficient as possible even as your security needs change.
Learn more about zero trust cybersecurity in our Zero Trust for Operational Technologies (OT) whitepaper. Download the whitepaper here.
Richard Miller leads Buildings IOT's IT team to deliver managed services to smart buildings from data centers to shopping malls. He writes about cybersecurity for smart building systems, IT/OT collaboration and more.