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Cybersecurity in Smart Buildings

Cybersecurity in Smart Buildings

Background: Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities in Smart Buildings

Today’s smart buildings are increasingly enabled by Internet of Things (IoT) and made functional by the ongoing convergence of operational technology (OT) systems and information technology (IT) systems in buildings. A host of new elements such as the cloud, remote access, data sharing and analytics, and connected and shared networks has fundamentally changed how built environments are being used and operated. Additionally, these elements have thrown open an otherwise closed-loop building architecture into one that necessitates the open access and control of many operators and service providers.

The role of these entities is, to a large extent, crucial in reaping the benefits of a converged and connected space. However, buildings are exposed to a new threat that has been downplayed and undervalued for a long time. After witnessing a recent slew of security breaches, stakeholders of the smart buildings industry are recognizing the potential damaging impact cyber threats pose for the industry and its related businesses.


  • Executive Overview
    • Background: Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities in Smart Buildings
    • Strategic Messages for the Industry
    • Defining Smart Buildings and Cybersecurity
    • Takeaways
  • Cyber Risks in Smart Buildings
    • Technology Progression
    • The Integrated Building Network
    • IoT and Cyber Risks
    • Smart Buildings Market Dynamics and Risk Evaluation
    • Risk Exposure versus Market Prospects
  • Cyber Risk Management for Smart Buildings
    • Scope and Magnitude of Cyber Crimes in Smart Buildings
    • Buildings as a Component of Critical Infrastructure
    • Cybersecurity Measures Adopted for Smart Buildings
    • Cyber Risk Mitigation
    • Objectives of an Effective Cybersecurity Strategy for Smart Buildings
  • Cyber Risks and Stakeholder Review
    • Critical Challenges for Stakeholders
    • Interdependency in Risk and Responsibility Sharing
    • Industry Consensus Development on Core Issues
  • Concluding Remarks
  • Author and Key Contributors

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