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By Construction Tech Review | Thursday, February 28, 2019

Building owners are curious about smart buildings for numerous reasons. As business owners are investing heavily in cybersecurity to avoid data breaches, and their investment will define either the upward or the downward trend of intelligent building security solutions. A report by Navigant Research projects the cybersecurity landscape for intelligent buildings and the general implications of the internet of things (IoT) connectivity. The report further highlights that IoT-enabled devices and third-party entities have it difficult to detect threats, let alone address them.       

To address cybersecurity threats, intelligent building stakeholders have to be proactive rather than reactive. Businesses have to be upfront about their vulnerabilities and then educate their employees on how to face these vulnerabilities. Furthermore, companies must take a layered approach to cybersecurity. The companies can achieve this by building a cyber threat alliance with a cybersecurity vendor to fortify their defense. Following these steps will show steady and consistent growth in the near future.

Smart buildings use building information modeling (BIM) to make the structure lifecycle data accessible and usable by various stakeholders. Information sharing improves all the processes involved in building and operating a structure. BIM transforms the buildings into optimized, intelligent structures. The modeling process adds value to the lifecycle of a building and can ultimately support goals such as smart city development and intelligent infrastructure. To achieve bigger goals, a lot of data is required and with increased use of data comes the risk of data breach.

Collaborative tools like BIM will become the norm in the future rather than an exception. As businesses are growing and are getting more connected, they expect more data about processes and technologies. Cybersecurity needs to be the focus of all IoT solutions and deployments. Otherwise, it will result in new types of cyber attacks on buildings and infrastructure. Companies must be proactive to safeguard themselves in today’s connected world.

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