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Schneider whitepaper examines BMS security
Organisations can reduce the risk of cyber-attacks on building management systems (BMS) by controlling Web access, applying software patches and managing user credentials (user names and passwords), according to a new white paper.
Although estimates vary, organisations worldwide lose USD300 billion and more each year to cybercrime, according to a report by McAfee and the Centre for Strategic and International Studies.
“Integration between a BMS and other enterprise systems enables organisations to closely align building operations with business objectives,” says Shaun Wilson, Partner Business manager for southern Africa at Schneider Electric. “However, the open protocols that make integration possible can also create greater cyber security vulnerabilities.”
Following a few recommended best practices can help safeguard building systems from cyber-attacks:
During the implementation of a cybersecurity programme, organisations should bolster awareness of these types of risks across the enterprise, according to the white paper. Effective and regular cybersecurity training makes key personnel aware of vulnerabilities and helps to uncover potential cyber threats.
“Five Best Practices to Improve Building Management Systems (BMS) Cybersecurity” should provide a useful guide to any organisation interested in implementing a cybersecurity programme to help protect building management system operations.