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Smart Building Cybersecurity

Design Approach for Multi Stakeholder Environments

The Telecommunications Industry Association — the trusted industry association for the connected world — announced a new white paper, “Smart Building Cybersecurity: Design Approach for Multi-Stakeholder Environments,” authored by various subject matter experts from TIA’s Smart Building Industry Working Group.

The white paper is a free resource designed to help various smart building stakeholders, including ownership teams, facility management teams, as well as developers and designers, navigate an increasingly complex and risk-laden cyber threat landscape. Traditionally, cybersecurity has been the responsibility of IT departments in most organizations. However, given the rising significance of cybersecurity for operational technology, property managers, facility managers, and maintenance professionals and other stakeholders must all now play a role in protecting buildings from cyber vulnerabilities.

“Smart buildings are changing the world for the better by making them safer for occupants, more sustainable for our planet, and more efficient for higher productivity and innovation,” said Tom McGarry, vice president of standards at TIA. “Trust and security in smart buildings must be core elements of design and addressed at each stage of development to ensure proven protocols and processes are in place to protect buildings, occupants and stakeholders against potential threats.”

Participants of our Smart Buildings Working Group produced this new resource for the global smart building community to help make information easily accessible to keep our buildings safe and secure. The TIA Smart Buildings Working Group develops and maintains the technical assessment criteria for the SPIRE™ Smart Building Assessment and Rating Program by UL. Cybersecurity is one of the six primary assessment categories of SPIRE.

David Brearley | OT Cybersecurity Director
Operational Technology Cybersecurity Director