Smart Buildings Need Joined-Up Security

Today, much discussion in the technology world revolves around the Internet of Things (IoT), where billions of things will be interconnected over IP networks. Gartner estimates that, as of 2015, smart homes and commercial buildings made up 45% of the IoT.

Smart Buildings are often run using building automation systems that are used to centrally control areas such as heating, ventilation, air conditioning, lighting and lifts.

But cyber-security is often an afterthought, which is an issue owing to the inter-connectivity of the systems involved over IP networks. There is the risk that building automation systems and all systems that connect to them, could be compromised by attackers who don’t even need physical access.

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