Unless your organisation takes cybersecurity very seriously, your systems may be vulnerable to attack. Here is some advice from the National Cyber Security Centre to help to secure your BeMS from cyber-attacks.
Having a remote connection to your BeMS is highly advantageous. Up to 90% of issues with BeMS can be resolved remotely, and in today’s COVID-19 world, not having to have an engineer visit your site is desirable, for everyone’s sake. Despite this, some organisations are nervous about the security of their systems, and IT staff reluctant to connect the BeMS to their corporate systems.
However, linking to the corporate network is not the only solution to achieving a remote connection. A separate, secure connection can be installed with a VPN, or a cellular, 4G wireless router installed. This solution has security advantages in that fewer people have access to this standalone network compared to the corporate system, although it does require additional IT support to keep it secure, and SSE can help to provide IT support for your BeMS network.
Here are 10 actions that we recommended, based on advice from the National Cyber Security Centre.
Even if your BeMS is not connected to the internet, without security systems in place, it may still be at risk, for example, from staff using malware transported on CDs or memory sticks.
Many BeMS use out of date and unsupported operating systems, such as Windows 7. These will not receive updates and security patches to protect from new known threats.
To make use of all the advantages that a remote connection brings, to upgrade your BeMS to Windows 10, or to get help maintaining the integrity and security of your BeMS network, call us on 0345 072 9529, or email us at email@example.com
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The project was to install a BEMS control & monitoring system for a vaccine manufacturing facility in Europe owned by a major global pharmaceutical company during the Pandemic.
Your BeMS is reliant on the IT network. When it fails, your BeMS fails with it. Talk to SSE about a maintenance and monitoring solution