Objective is to ensure that the recommendations produced are globally applicable and are simple to adopt
The Internet of Things Security Foundation (IoTSF) has formed a working group for smart buildings and named Alan Mihalic of Norman Disney & Young (NDY) as the group’s chair.
The formation of the working group extends the work of IoTSF into the enterprise domain. The foundation’s mission is to ensure fit for purpose digital security is not only provisioned by vendors, but also applied to best effect across the spectrum of IoT’s application space.
The scope of smart buildings is a natural extension to the work already undertaken in consumer and domestic applications, it said.
The goal of the Smart Buildings Working Group is to establish a comprehensive set of guidelines to help each of the supply chain participants to specify, procure, install, integrate, operate and maintain IoT securely in buildings. This includes intelligent buildings equipment and controls such as audio visual (AV), fire, HVAC, lighting and building security.
“IoTSF is already well known for its foundational work in developing and maintaining the respected IoT security compliance framework, applying trusted cybersecurity to the broad spectrum of IoT systems,” said Professor Paul Dorey, chairman, IoTSF.
“Our new set of work streams, led off by smart buildings, are developing specific areas of focus to accelerate adoption by developers, implementers and operators in business vertical applications.”
A further objective of the group is to ensure that the recommendations produced are globally applicable and are simple to adopt – fitting within existing processes wherever possible.
To achieve this, the working group aims to open the channels of communication between building occupiers, facilities managers, engineers, designers and urban planners in relation to the cyber security challenges affecting building environments.
“It is all about making spaces work. In a smart buildings age, this includes maintaining data confidentiality, privacy and public safety levels that meet community and corporate expectations,” added Alan Mihalic, cyber security advisor (smart buildings and critical infrastructure), NDY and chair of IoTSF.
“This can only be achieved by a globally available cyber smart building framework. IoTSF and NDY are pleased to be driving this global initiative.”
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