COVID-19 altered the way the world operated in 2020, exposing new weaknesses that hackers quickly exploited. According to a recent survey, ransomware assaults increased by 150 percent in a year when many employees logged in from faraway places.
Fremont, CA: How vulnerable are a facility's computer systems to cyberattacks? Can criminal actors obtain access to important information technology (IT) data by hacking into one's building automation systems (BAS)? As building system technology evolves and matures, facility managers, operators, and occupants rely more on the internet of things (IoT) and related technologies and applications. The growing convergence of information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) emphasizes the necessity for comprehensive cybersecurity policies.
Facility executives are increasingly important in ensuring the security of building systems. Collaboration with IT experts is essential for combating threats.
COVID-19 altered the way the world operated in 2020, exposing new weaknesses that hackers quickly exploited. According to a recent survey, ransomware assaults increased by 150 percent in a year when many employees logged in from faraway places. Hackers discovered it simpler to evade company firewalls and exploit other weaknesses as employees signed on to office systems utilizing mobile phones, tablets, IoT devices, personal computers, and other increasingly widespread technology in today's smart buildings.
Intelligent buildings of today use internet connectivity to monitor and analyze facility attributes and data to enhance operations, using software, sensors, and other IoT devices. When BAS and IoT technologies are combined, facility managers have much greater control over monitoring and operating building systems, resulting in increased energy efficiency, improved indoor air quality (IAQ), healthier offices, and more productive and engaged team members working in safer and more environmentally friendly workspaces.
Recent advancements in BAS technology have seen an increase in the usage of cloud computing to access the more robust data collecting and analytics capabilities available in smart building systems. While this simplifies and reduces the cost of managing utilities such as energy and water, as well as operations and maintenance, it can also expose an organization to extra external cyber dangers if the business is not prepared for such threats.
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