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Buildings need improved cyber security practices to safeguard against hackers

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has launched a new guide, ‘Code of Practice: Cyber Security in the Built Environment’, to help building owners develop more effective cyber security management to protect their building management systems and information from cyber attack.

With a focus on practical advice, the new guide explains how to protect a building’s systems from hackers and other unavoidable incidents, as well as how to improve their business continuity processes. It also covers personnel security advice as today’s building management must also consider threats from disgruntled staff or contractors.

The premise for the Code of Practice is that building owners, operators and occupiers need to understand cyber security and promote awareness to a building’s stakeholders. This includes giving appropriate briefing to the design, construction and facilities management teams.

Buildings are becoming increasingly complex and dependent on the extensive use of information and communications technologies. The Code of Practice explains why it is essential that cyber security is considered throughout a building’s lifecycle and the potential financial, reputational and safety consequences that may arise if cyber security threats are ignored.

It provides clear user-friendly guidance to help people from a wide range of technical and non-technical backgrounds understand how managing cyber security applies to their job roles – and outlines their personal responsibilities in maintaining the security of the building.

For more information, visit: http://www.theiet.org/resources/standards/index.cfm

•Date: 11th November 2014 • UK/World •Type: Article • Topic: BC facilities & buildings

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