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Building Manageme must now integrat


How to effectively monitor and configure building management systems (BMSs) continues to emerge as an issue in the management of property. The threat of cyber-attacks on BMS systems is increasingly becoming a very real risk issue.


Typically building and access control systems are computers that monitor and control building operations, such as air-conditioning, electrical power, electronic card reading, lifts, fire alarms and fire suppression systems, heating, lighting, ventilation and surveillance. Advances in building technology means these systems are invariably linked to all manner of other services and the internet. Its these very advancements in


technology and the ever increasing reliance on automation and remote operations that


is exposing these systems to possible cyber- breaches and full on attacks. Most BMS systems are typically not


designed with cyber security in mind. Although, increasingly experts have started to alert real estate and building owners and managers that such systems are vulnerable to external penetration. The advent and development of more


sophisticated insurance and risk mitigation technics means that options now exist to help defend against cyber threats to BMS systems.


Smart(er) buildings and their heightened exposure


Centralised building management systems are now integrated and connected into other building systems, these in turn are connected to a network ring with IT data centers and remote access servers


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used via open protocols and clear access. Building owners, managers and FM


providers have seen huge advantages in the “usability” of these systems but they are also highly susceptible to cyber risks as they are more complex and interconnected into IP networks which leaves them inevitably more exposed. Heating, lighting and security in most buildings are generally not being developed with technology designed to be connected into cross building IT networks. In fact, designers and decision makers in charge of facilities (Heating, lighting, security) or smart building systems can often consider the risks of cybersecurity to be irrelevant and non-critical.


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