Extends best practice guidance to enterprise domain

Release Date: September 5th 2017

The Internet of Things Security Foundation (IoTSF) announced today that it has established a working group for smart buildings and appointed Alan Mihalic of Norman Disney & Young (NDY) as the group’s chair.

The formation of the working group extends the work of IoTSF into the enterprise domain. This further contributes to the Foundation’s mission to ensure fit for purpose digital security is not only provisioned by vendors, but also applied to best effect across the spectrum of IoT’s application space. The scope of smart buildings is a natural extension to the work already undertaken in consumer and domestic applications.

The goal of the Smart Buildings Working Group is to establish a comprehensive set of guidelines to help each of the supply chain participants to specify, procure, install, integrate, operate and maintain IoT securely in buildings. This includes intelligent buildings equipment and controls such as audio visual (AV), fire, HVAC, lighting and building security.

A further objective of the group is to ensure that the recommendations produced are globally applicable and are simple to adopt – fitting within existing processes wherever possible. To achieve this, the working group aims to open the channels of communication between building occupiers, facilities managers, engineers, designers and urban planners in relation to the cyber security challenges affecting building environments.

Professor Paul Dorey, Chairman, IoTSF said

“IoTSF is already well known for its foundational work in developing and maintaining the respected IoT Security Compliance Framework, applying trusted cybersecurity to the broad spectrum of IoT systems. Our new set of work streams, led off by ‘Smart Buildings’, are developing specific areas of focus to accelerate adoption by developers, implementers and operators in business vertical applications. I am delighted that Alan Mihalic from NDY is chairing the ‘smart buildings’ work and bringing together other building management systems security specialists as sector experience is critical to real adoption.”

Alan Mihalic, NDY Cyber Security Advisor (Smart Buildings & Critical Infrastructure) said

“It is all about making spaces work. In a Smart Buildings age, this includes maintaining data confidentiality, privacy and public safety levels that meet community and corporate expectations. This can only be achieved by a globally available Cyber Smart Building Framework.  IoTSF and NDY are pleased to be driving this global initiative.”

Alan’s expertise and thought leadership is also being called upon as keynote speaker at forthcoming industry events including Cybercon 2017, the 2017 Australia Smart Cities and Infrastructure Forum.

IoTSF is inviting those with a specific interest in ensuring the safety and security of smart buildings, to get involved and help ensure the aims of the working group are achieved. Interested parties can make direct contact by emailing [email protected] whilst more details about the work of the IoT Security Foundation can be found at https://iotsecurityfoundation.org/

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About the Internet of Things Security Foundation (IoTSF)

The mission of IoTSF is to help secure the Internet of Things, in order to aid its adoption and maximise its benefits. To do this IoTSF will promote knowledge and clear best practice in appropriate security to those who specify, make and use IoT products and systems.

IoTSF promotes the security values of a security first approach, fitness for purpose and resilience through operating life.

IoTSF was formed as a response to existing and emerging threats in Internet of Things applications.

IoTSF is an international, collaborative and vendor-neutral members’ initiative, driven by the IoT eco-system and inclusive of all parties including technology providers and service beneficiaries.

The IoT Security Compliance Framework can be downloaded, and used for free from https://iotsecurityfoundation.org/best-practice-guidelines/

For more information, news and further announcements, visit the official website at www.iotsecurityfoundation.org

About Norman Disney & Young

Norman Disney & Young (NDY) is a professional services firm of consulting engineers delivering innovative and sustainable solutions for a diverse group of clients. With offices in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Malaysia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom, our purpose is Making Spaces Work. Established in 1959, NDY remains a private company employing over 700 people providing engineering services for key markets in civic, education, health, industrial, mission critical, offices, residential & hotels, retail, and transport.

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