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Survey finds buildings at risk from cyber attack

Survey finds buildings at risk from cyber attack

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The use of cyber attacks is becoming more prevalent as an effective tool to disrupt both business and politics. As a result of this, within industry it’s vital that steps are taken to protect buildings and infrastructure against potential threats.

To find out the current state of play, the ECA and Scottish trade association SELECT surveyed a range of clients in November and December last year on their approach to cyber security.

The feedback we received to our ‘Connected Technology Survey for Clients’ came from a range of respondents, including consultants, engineers, end clients, local authorities and facilities managers.

The results show that almost four in 10 clients (39 per cent) do not take any steps to protect smart installations in buildings from cyber threats. A further 49 per cent cited the risk of hacking as a barrier to installing connected technology.

Given ‘connected technology’ covers any technology – such as lighting or HVAC installations - that enables devices to communicate with each other over the internet and undertake tasks, the risks from hacking are substantial.

Currently only 20 per cent of the UK’s commercial buildings are considered to be ‘smart’. However, over the next four years, the global ‘Internet-of-Things’ market is expected to be worth over £1 trillion annually and if we are to keep pace with developments, the issue of cyber security urgently needs addressing.