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January 2016

Building Management Systems: The cyber security blind spot

Sponsored by ComputerWeekly.com

The systems which control heating, lighting and security in most buildings are vulnerable to cyber attack, this report from QinetiQ warns.

Table Of Contents

  • While Building, Energy and Facilities Management Systems (BEFMS or BMS) bring great benefit, more and more are being connected to corporate IT networks and wireless networks – meaning any connected device has the potential to be hacked
  • Most of the problem relates to how BMS are designed, installed, operated and maintained, with individuals lacking the security knowledge needed to deploy adequate security measures
  • The range of consequences for a compromised BMS and the current lack of security seem endless, but there are a number of steps – such as system health checks and staff education – that will help mitigate the risk of an attack