To reap the
full benefits of
it is important
that all networks
and devices are
accounted for and
secured, as each
device could be a
potential entry point
lighting power per square foot from 1.28
watts to 0.4 watts, which is an energy
saving of 70%. This was as a result of
the media powerhouse implementing
smart technology to control lighting and
sensor blinds, among other things.
However, along with the many benefits
smart buildings offer, the convergence
between operational technology and IT
systems required to support them also
opens smart facilities up to an increased
threat of hacking.
If a hacker is able to gain access to a
smart building it potentially presents
a world of opportunities to the hacker.
For instance, because these new smart
technologies are connected to the
building’s IT network they open up new
entry paths into corporate networks.
Attackers could use these new devices
as new ways in to instal malware on the
corporate network or recruit the devices
into botnets or even launch ransomware
attacks against the organisation.
This ultimately means that security for
every single Internet-enabled appliance,
from lighting to refrigerators, must be
forethought before they are introduced
into smart buildings.
Making security a priority
While most people would not look
at their lighting or sensor blinds as
attractive targets for attackers, the fact
that these appliances are connected
up to corporate networks, which also
connect to sensitive information, means
Research and experience have shown
repeatedly, when things are connected
to the Internet, they become a target
for malicious hackers. As a result, it is
imperative that smart building operators
make security a priority.
To reap the full benefits of connectivity
within smart buildings it is important
that all networks and devices are
comprehensively accounted for and