Safeguarding Your Building: A Guide to Cybersecurity for Building Automation Systems

By : Harsha Vachher Dec 20,2023

In today’s world, buildings are becoming smarter and more efficient with the help of advanced building automation systems (BAS). By integrating these systems, we can create environments that respond automatically to our needs, saving energy and improving our quality of life.

However, this increased connectivity also introduces new risks. Cyber attacks on the building automation system can lead to significant disruptions, such as shutting down heating or cooling systems or compromising building security. These breaches can cause tenant discomfort, health risk, equipment malfunction, reputational damage or financial loss.

The purpose of this blog post is to raise awareness about the cybersecurity risks associated with building automation systems. We will dive into the specific threats that these systems face and share practical tips on how to secure your BAS against potential cyber attacks.

Securing Building Automatin System

Here are some ways to enhance the cybersecurity of the building automation system:

  1. Keep the BAS on a separate network to minimize the impact of an attack. Use VALN.
  2. Practice least privilege access. Limit who can access the BAS and use strong password.
  3. Regularly update the BAS software and the system to protect against vulnerabilities.
  4. Conduct regular training for property management teams to educate on cybersecurity best practices to prevent security incidents.

As technology evolves, so do cyber threats. By following best practices and staying vigilant, property management team can protect the BAS from cyber threats.