Cybersecurity in Smart Buildings: Preventing Vulnerability While Increasing Connectivity

What makes a building “smart” is also what makes it vulnerable. Sophisticated monitoring and control systems can deliver huge value to users; they make the building more efficient and keep occupants safe and comfortable. Current systems are a natural evolution from simple mechanical, pneumatic, and electrical controls —replacing traditional, siloed control with truly integrated data acquisition and analysis IT systems.

Until 2010, the terms “cybersecurity” and “hacking” mostly brought to mind breaches of credit card data or personal information. Industry and building management professionals thought it would never happen to them. After all, what could someone possibly accomplish by hacking into a building? [For the purposes of this paper, “hacking” includes only actions having nefarious or illegal intent.]

When the Stuxnet virus was discovered in 2010, the implications were immediately clear: industrial control systems (ICS) were no longer secure from hacking — protection through obscurity vanished.

Cybersecurity in Smart Buildings: Preventing Vulnerability While IncreasingConnectivity