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CyberSecurity Recap October 2019

CyberSecurity Recap October 2019

October 18, 2019

Curated cybersecurity news

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


New Deal Cybersecurity Summit

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. Participation at this event is free for all AHR Expo attendees.

Security vs. Security

The purpose of this article is to try and put all of this cybersecurity “stuff” into some order that can hopefully help people in the BAS industry decide what is important for them.

Kaspersky says malicious cyber attacks affecting nearly four in ten smart buildings

New research from Kaspersky shows that the first half of 2019 was detrimental to smart building automation systems, with 37.8% of the computers used to control them affected by malicious cyber attacks.

Most of the blocked threats are neither targeted, nor specific to building-based automation systems, meaning, it is ordinary malware regularly found on corporate networks, unrelated to automation systems.  But the attacks bring side effects with potentially significant impact on the availability and integrity of automation systems.

National Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2019

Held every October, National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) is a collaborative effort between government and industry to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity and to ensure that all Americans have the resources they need to be safer and more secure online.

NCSAM 2019 emphasizes personal accountability and stresses the importance of taking proactive steps to enhance cybersecurity at home and in the workplace. This year’s overarching message – Own IT. Secure IT. Protect IT. – will focus on key areas including citizen privacy, consumer devices, and e-commerce security.

The NCSAM 2019 Toolkit is a comprehensive guide to make it easy for you and your organization, regardless of size or industry, to engage and promote NCSAM. Use the guide and the resources below to help you engage your stakeholders and promote positive, lasting cybersecurity habits.

Gov. Charlie Baker Announces New Cybersecurity Program

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has announced a new program to help municipalities bolster their cybersecurity.

The Republican governor addressed the third annual Massachusetts Cybersecurity Forum Thursday at the Statehouse. Baker and the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative convened the event to bring about 200 cybersecurity experts together.

New York adopts utility-ESCO cybersecurity standards, rejects insurance requirements

The New York Public Service Commission adopted new security requirements for third-party energy suppliers in order to provide "a universal foundation of cybersecurity and data privacy protections" for customer data and related utility IT systems. But regulators nixed a proposed insurance requirement.

Future of Cybersecurity is in the Cloud

Lena Smart, MongoDB Chief Information Security Officer, John Stewart, Cisco SVP, Chief Security and Trust Officer, Suresh Vasudevan Sysdig, Inc. Chief Executive Officer, discuss how Cloud will optimize security with Bloomberg’s Mandeep Singh at The CIO Exchange in New York on October 16, 2019.

‘It’s going to be painful’: Pentagon official urges contractors to improve cybersecurity

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