What are “Smart Buildings” and How to Secure Them

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Smart buildings are becoming increasingly popular as the futuristic internet-connectivity trend takes hold. According to Security Magazine, the demand for smart buildings is likely to grow by more than 22% each year.

Just about every aspect of life is touched by technology, and smart homes and buildings are packed with high-tech devices to control everything from lights, cameras, door locks, and even the environment. Here we explain how to secure “Smart Buildings”:

What are Smart Buildings?

Smart buildings are designed with technology in mind. Behind the walls lay electronics and devices that connect to the internet and control things with voice activation or mobile device apps. The connectivity of this automation allows owners to access and manage things remotely.

There are plenty of benefits to automated control of lights, doors, environmental controls (blinds, heat, cooling, etc.), sound systems, and cameras. However, many internet-enabled and IoT devices often lack the proper security to keep out the bad guys. It’s up to owners and building managers to properly secure smart building technology.

How to Properly Secure Smart Buildings

Commercial real estate is driving the trend toward smart buildings, but unless a security architect oversees the project, the system could have many vulnerabilities.

The top concerns are physical security, cybersecurity, and reliance on electricity to power these devices. The key is developing smart buildings with a centralized network that is secured and isolated. Building managers can easily maintain the system, control security, and add new devices by keeping everything under one secure network umbrella. A centralized network platform is scalable, secure, and flexible.

Some other tips for properly securing smart buildings include:

  • Employ a security-first methodology for all technology
  • Use a zero-trust network protocol
  • Install two-factor authentication or use biometrics, key cards, or other secure access devices.
  • Invest in 24/7 network monitoring and firewalls to protect against unwanted access
  • Use physical security at entrances/exits
  • Install and monitor security cameras throughout the building
  • Add additional layers of protection for things like control of the heating and cooling systems and other critical infrastructure technology
  • that, if compromised, could threaten the life or well-being of people.
  • Install high-powered generators to switch on and take over if the power goes out

Rely on Security Experts

With more than 30 years in the security industry, DMAC Security is well-equipped to help secure smart buildings for any industry. Some examples might be schools, corporations, government buildings, etc. Contact us today to see how we can help fully secure your building from physical and online threats.

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