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January 2016

Building Management Systems: The cyber security blind spot

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
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