Adam Bannister

Editor, IFSEC Global

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Adam Bannister is editor of IFSEC Global. A former managing editor at Dynamis Online Media Group, he has been at the helm of the UK's leading fire and security publication since 2014.
October 25, 2017

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The smart buildings report 2017: installed base, benefits and challenges, cyber threat and barriers to adoption


Watch: 5 smart buildings that got hacked

With IT and building control bound ever-more inextricably together, cybersecurity is an unignorable risk for facilities and security managers as well as IT professionals.

Smart or connected buildings undoubtedly bring many benefits – in energy efficiency, operational effectiveness, the comfort of occupants and yes, security in some senses – but it introduces new risks too.

And the threat is not merely speculative, as our video below shows.

Gartner recently predicted that, by 2020, more than 25% of all identified attacks in enterprises will come from the internet of things

We surveyed hundreds of building managers and security professionals about smart buildings and 87% were at least somewhat concerned about the cybersecurity vulnerabilities posed by smart tech, with 43% professing to being ‘very concerned’. Nevertheless, that even 13% insist they are ‘not concerned at all’ might alarm some observers given widespread reports about the vulnerabilities of internet-connected ‘things’.

Download the Smart Buildings Report to find out more about the growing in connected buildings.


IFSEC International 2018

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Meet over 600 exhibitors, test more than 10,000 of the latest security products, and discover best practice and future trends in an unrivaled seminar programme.

Highlights include;

  • Frank Gardner to chair the Keynote Arena
  • Former US Secretary of Homeland Security to take Keynote stage
  • Live attack testing in the LPCB/BRE Global Attack Zone
  • Your chance to get hands on with the latest security innovations thanks to the brand new Show Me How feature

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