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Cybersecurity Recap December 2019

Cybersecurity Recap December 2019

December 23, 2019

Curated cybersecurity news

summary for facility management professional, building owners and IT professionals who are interested in building security and Facility IT.


Details on the New Deal Cybersecurity Summit at AHR Expo 2020 is now available.

Cybersecurity Summit AHR Expo

For the second year, the New Deal for Buildings is organizing a Cybersecurity Summit at AHR Expo. The event is designed to gather BAS leaders and facility practitioners to discuss and chart the way forward for the adoption of comprehensive cybersecurity policies, practices, and technologies in the BAS industry. Sponsors of this event are made up of the leading companies and organizations advocating for better cybersecurity in building automation systems.

The Summit comes at the heels of the release of BACnet/SC, a critical component to securing BAS networks. Those interested in the deployment of BACnet/SC should definitely attending this event.

Do You Know Your BAS Cybersecurity Risks?

Building automation systems (BAS) provide fundamental services for commercial office spaces, campuses, hotels, and retail facilities, and their use results in energy savings, cost savings, and technology integration that can tremendously increase productivity. Most practitioners realize that the connectivity and control of infrastructure and equipment these systems provide can have a significant impact on cost, physical security, and life safety; but unfortunately, the cybersecurity of many of these systems can often be an afterthought. If you are a building owner or facility manager using BAS devices, do you know your cybersecurity risks?  

The key cybersecurity risks set to rise in 2020

As 2019 comes to a close, Dr. Teow-Hin Ngair, CEO/Founder of global cybersecurity biz SecureAge, tells Digital Journal about what to expect in the space heading into 2020.
Prediction is fraught with difficulty; however, one thing is certain when it comes to cybersecurity - threats are likely to continue and the pace of the threats to a typical enterprise will become more common and more sophisticated.

How can blockchain technology be used to boost cybersecurity?

The concept of Blockchain technology came into light in 2009, and since then, there has been a lot of mania in the tech world. This technology is present for just under a decade; it was introduced to store and sent the first cryptocurrency known as Bitcoin. But, later this technology has paved its path worldwide, and people have started using it in different ways and industries. One such way is to boost cybersecurity.

Cisco Cybersecurity Report Series 

In Cisco end of year threat report, it looks at the most significant cyber threats of 2019, including DNS Hijacking and targeted ransomware. We also explore the go-to tools that cybercriminals are using for capturing data and evading detection, from remote access Trojans to hiding threats in encrypted traffic..

Cybersecurity Experts Are Leaving the Federal Government. That’s a Problem

At the end of 2019, with less than a year to go until the presidential election, the government official who has been leading efforts to secure voting systems in the United States will leave the Department of Homeland Security to join Google. The impending departure of Jeanette Manfra, the assistant director for cybersecurity at the department’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, is a major loss for the federal government’s civilian cybersecurity efforts, and it comes at the end of a year that saw a series of departures by key cybersecurity personnel.

42 More Cybersecurity Predictions For 2020

From disrupting elections to targeted ransomware to privacy regulations to deepfakes and malevolent AI, 141 cybersecurity predictions for 2020 did not exhaust the subject so here are additional 42 from senior cybersecurity executives

The privacy and security trends that will shape 2020

Privacy concerns will ratchet up further around IoT and 5G. Even if the industry manages to secure the billions of IoT devices already deployed, they permeate so many aspects of life that it will be nearly impossible to keep personal and private information out of the public domain.

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