Smart Buildings

Equifax Hack Serves as Another Reminder that our Smart Buildings are Vulnerable

143 million people were affected by the Equifax data breach that occurred between mid-May and late-July 2017, but was only announced on September 7th. Names, social security numbers, birth dates, addresses, credit card information and driver's license numbers were stolen, meaning years of potential problems for those affected. The hack will cast a shadow over all consumer credit reporting agencies but, in reality, the darkness should extend much further to include, among other things, our smart buildings. “Building management systems may also be vulnerable. There isn’t really the profit motive to interrupting building management but, for example air conditioning, heating, elevators can be hacked. And so that’s another layer for commercial real estate companies to be aware of and protect,” said Leo Taddeo, chief information security officer at Cyxtera Technologies. Smart buildings combine operational technology (OT) and information technology (IT), as well as IoT devices, which creates a unprecedented level of complexity for those assigned […]

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