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IoT and building security

Smart safeguards for facilities managers

May 31, 2019

IoT-driven smart building technology is delivering all kinds of benefits for facilities owners, managers and tenants—from lowering utility costs to maximizing operational efficiencies. It can also be used to make facilities more secure in several different ways:

  • Real-time security alerts—Connecting IoT sensors to surveillance cameras and access control devices allows building security personnel to be alerted when a security breach is occurring. Should an unauthorized individual successfully pick a lock, slip past a security desk or enter a restricted area, appropriate personnel would know immediately and be able to take the proper steps to apprehend the intruder.
  • Security audit trails—IoT sensors can capture and log security breaches as they occur, and the data can be analyzed to refine security procedures and prevent such breaches from reoccurring.
  • Geofencing—A geofence is a geographical fence or barrier that mobile app developers use to target customers in specific locations. One can also be created for added building security. Allowing all the locks in a facility to relay information to surveillance cameras and other security devices creates an interconnected barrier that’s difficult to penetrate.  
Other precautions for smart building managers
The same IoT-enabled central building management systems (BMS) that are used to coordinate a variety of building functions—from turning on lights to regulating HVAC to monitoring entrances—can also be used to wreak havoc if they fall into the wrong hands.

A recent study found that less than a third of building managers take proper measures to secure their BMS, an oversight that’s fraught with risks. Like all devices connected to the internet, the IoT technology that monitors the BMS is subject to malware attacks, identity and data theft, bots, and other cyberthreats. Which is why making sure the proper safety protocols are in place should be a critical priority for smart building managers and owners. For example, the BMS should be equipped with a central console that offers a unified view of the security posture of all the assets in the building. And security intelligence from multiple sources (firewalls, gateways, networks, etc.) should be integrated to work as one.
 
Facilities managers are by no means security experts and they may reach out to you for guidance. When they do, you can reach out to the IoT experts at Ingram Micro for help. Contact us today to learn how your customers can safeguard their smart building assets.