In part two of our CRE cybersecurity series, we explained that cybersecurity vulnerabilities are widespread in both smart and non-smart buildings alike. The last three decades of CRE technology development and undocumented contract work means that most buildings are currently vulnerable to cyberattacks. As a result, a site audit is imperative to establish the health of a network and whether or not any sensors are unencrypted. While step two indicates the current health of a building, there is more to be done to fortify your portfolio. In this third and final installment of the series we discuss how a well-executed smart building program can ensure airtight CRE cybersecurity throughout your portfolio.
An effective smart building program helps properties run more efficiently, enabling facility and real estate teams to do more, faster and with less effort. As new technologies enter the market, real estate professionals must familiarize themselves with vendor offerings and how to procure the best solution for their unique business and operational goals. Follow these three smart building strategies to safeguard your portfolio against cyberattacks:
A centralized hub of building performance data makes it easy for FM teams to identify and prioritize site performance issues. The use of building performance data to drive optimization is an industry inevitability that will lower costs and boost occupant comfort. While strong cybersecurity is an integral component of a healthy commercial real estate portfolio, it’s just one of many benefits associated with an effective smart building program.
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