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Aug. 16, 2013: Building Automation Alliance to Provide Cybersecurity

Alliance Partnership Will Help Protect Facilities from Cyber Attacks

LITTLETON, Colo. — The InsideIQ Building Automation Alliance, an alliance of independent building automation contractors, has partnered with cybersecurity provider Cylance Inc. in order for member firms to offer high-level building automation system (BAS) security practices, training, and certification for their customers. By joining forces with Cylance, a leader in cybersecurity technology and services, InsideIQ said member firms can provide customers using industrial control systems (ICS) and BAS with security assessments, incident response, best practices in cybersecurity services, and on-site training.

Cylance has identified that one of the most vulnerable and least thought about entries to the networks and physical presence of an organization is through ICS/BAS, which are used to control the lights, HVAC, access controls, and even elevators. As an alliance of leading building automation and security companies, InsideIQ said it has taken the initiative to ensure its members have the expertise at their disposal to keep their customer’s facilities protected.

“Long time InsideIQ member McKenney’s Inc. of Atlanta partnered with Cylance to bring to market an advanced understanding of physical, social, and cyber threats to buildings and campus facilities,” said Mark Balent, president of the InsideIQ Building Automation Alliance. “The Cylance cybersecurity solution ensures that essentially all elements of a building — from automated ID cards to doors, lights, thermostats, HVAC, and elevators — will be protected. Through the collaboration of the InsideIQ Alliance, our member firms will be able to make this offering available to customers across the country.”

InsideIQ plans to offer a comprehensive, hands-on training program to help customers understand, identify, and rectify vulnerabilities by applying best practices in security operations. The alliance said the training will bridge the knowledge gap between IT managers and facility operators regarding networks and industrial control system and building automation system components.

“Often companies have no idea that their ICS/BAS is even accessible via the Internet to outsiders,” said Terry McCorkle, technical director of Cylance. “Using the Internet to manage buildings is convenient, but it may come at a steep price, presenting new opportunities for hackers. We look forward to working with InsideIQ to help keep buildings safer.”

For more information, visit www.insideiq.org.

Publication date: 8/12/2013

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