Imperial professor warns of cyber attacks on intelligent buildings
By editor | 15 Aug, 2012
In the rush to install building management systems and upgrade to an intelligent building, many in the industry overlook the risks associated with a highly networked system, says David Fisk of Imperial College.
The professor of systems engineering and innovation believes that although intelligent buildings and smart grids are widely heralded as a boon in terms of both energy efficiency and facilities management, many building owners and members of the building services industry are not considering the potential risk of malicious attacks.
Writing in the latest issue of academic journal Intelligent Buildings International, Fisk warns that the basic building blocks of intelligent buildings – the process controllers that make up the distributed building management system (BMS) – can be infected by malware.
He considers how to measure and minimise risk using hypothetical examples to illustrate to the BMS industry how it could rethink traditional security policy.
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