Smart Building Technologies Could Expose Companies To A New Breed Of Cyber Attack

As we build smarter buildings, including our homes and the appliances within, we should also investigate and install personalized controls and access points.


Editor’s note: Peter Dickinson is the CTO of BuildingIQ, a leading energy management software company. He has worked as an entrepreneur and executive in the energy management and commercial property sector for the last 15 years.

Last month major corporations and household names such as Evernote, TweetDeck and Feedly were held ransom by Internet hackers. Many found this concerning, but even more serious is that some businesses may not realize how highly vulnerable they are to such an attack. What if it were your building that was held ransom? Are there things that could have been done to prevent a cyber attack?

When we think of the Internet of Things, it’s common to think of phones, cars, tablets and countless other consumer devices, but don’t forget buildings. Businesses are racing toward integration through web-enabled technologies that can control everything from heating and lighting to elevators and door locks…

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