It doesn’t matter if the BMS is centrally located in the structure, off-site at a secure location, or in the cloud. Without the right security management protocols a BMS is a property manager’s biggest worry and a constant risk to unauthorized intrusions. Last year, Intel conducted a survey of over 500 building managers to determine which BMS components posed the greatest cybersecurity risks. The five systems that most concerned managers included are:
Ultimately, any of these systems connects to wider and more inclusive devices with connectivity to sensitive data storage, servers, and even employee and customer information. As part of the BMS and connected through an array of IoT platforms, each is subject to malware attacks, identity and data theft, bots, and hackers among a variety of other threats. Keeping employees, corporate data, and clients safe is becoming a high priority for property managers who used to worry only about an intruder coming through the front lobby.