While slightly alarming, the increasing use of web enabled equipment and systems can introduce additional vulnerability in buildings.
Many building services equipment and systems come fitted with connectivity to the web, including thermostats, smart meters, air handling units etc. If not protected by cyber security, these can present a risk of hacking.
Chris Smith says 'Client's rightly have concerns about loss of security and equally importantly, the representational damage that a such an attack could present.'
Survey: Four in 10 buildings at major risk from cyber attacks Industry-wide survey finds many clients are not taking preventative steps against hackers Almost four in 10 clients (39 per cent) say that they don’t take any steps to protect smart installations in buildings from cyber threats, according to new survey findings from the Electrical Contractors' Association (ECA) and Scottish electrical trade body SELECT. Half of respondents to the survey (49 per cent) said that the risk of hacking, and its impact on unsecured networks, was a potential barrier to installing connected technology, highlighting the inherent cyber threats to buildings in the modern era.