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October Is National Cyber Security Awareness Month
Security must be considered a fundamental requirement for all our building and energy management systems.
We all know we live
in a world that is more connected than ever before and that our systems
and equipment that run our buildings are no exception. Networked
building management systems bring many benefits but can expose
organizations to cyber security issues.
Recognizing the importance of cyber security, October has been designated National Cyber Security Awareness Month. As a reminder, I thought I would provide links to previous articles on the subject I did for automatedbuildings.com:
While a lot has happened since last year’s national cyber security awareness month, a few things have stood out for me:
is still showing us that there are still huge numbers of devices and
systems openly exposed.
New Cyber Security Rulings and Legal
Companies that fail to protect user data can now feel the wrath of the Federal Trades Commission (FTC).A panel of judges for the Third U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously recently ruled the FTC have the legal right to sue companies that fail to protect their customers’ data with proper cyber security measures.
Securities and Exchange Commission pursued a company that allegedly
failed to properly protect its clients’ data in what might be a
first-of-its-kind enforcement action. Officials accused the firm of
having no written policies for safeguarding customer information and
data. The SEC said, the company did not conduct regular security risk
assessments, encrypt sensitive client data or install a firewall, a
common security measure that controls incoming and outgoing network
traffic. And there are more on the way.
Cyber Instances Continue to Increase
Despite all the activity regarding cyber security, the number of cyber related instances continue to increase and not decrease. And the increases are significant.
Take this month and look at how your organization is doing relative cyber security? What is your plan? What are you doing? What should you be doing? Take time to examine the cyber security of the systems and devices managing and operating buildings. Ask yourself and the people who manage and operate them:
operators and facility managers, secure your installations using best
practices. Don’t overlook the security of your supply chain providers;
demand and insist on protection from cyber threats. Verify that the
third party is protecting your systems and access to them adequately.
Integrators and contractors examine and review your security practices within your organization and how it relates to your customers. Also take the time to review all of your deployments and the security of these installations to ensure the systems and networked devices are properly protected.
providers incorporate security features and functions into your
solutions and educate users on secure practices with your technology.
security is a business issue and the cyber protection of building
automation systems plays in the operation of our businesses. The
operational, financial and reputational impact to a business is
tremendous and it's on all of us to make cyber security a business
case. Cyber security can no longer be thought of as a “nice to
have.” Security must be considered a fundamental requirement for
all our building and energy management systems.
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