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How safe is your building? An essential guide to cyber security for smart buildings

Published on March 01, 2023


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Annie Nguyen

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Qucheng Yan

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Willow Aliento

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Smart building technologies are the backbone of high-performing, energy-efficient buildings. Building controls, automated lighting systems, destination-controlled lifts and digital building access systems are all part and parcel of the contemporary property world.

But many smart systems including cloud-hosted building analytics and building management systems are also vulnerable to cyberattack – something which has many property owners, facilities managers and asset managers wondering, “What if someone hacks our building?”

The risks are very real. With cybercrime escalating globally, stakeholders in the property sector need to be aware of the steps they can take to secure assets and businesses processes whilst protecting the safety and wellbeing of building occupants.

Co-written by Cundall smart building and security experts, and cybersecurity experts from Waterstons Australia, How Safe is Your Building is a comprehensive practical guide to cybersecurity for smart buildings. It explains what smart building technologies potentially exist within a building, including controls and automation, IoT devices and cloud platforms used to manage building systems, services and processes.

The guide steps through the major vulnerabilities and explains how each of these factors can be mitigated, from addressing the human element through to the role of ‘white hat hackers’ and penetration testing.

How Safe is Your Building will inform, educate and empower individuals and organisations to continue realising the benefits of smart buildings and connected devices while protecting themselves and their stakeholders from digital threats.