Unless your organisation takes cybersecurity very seriously, your systems may be vulnerable to attack. Here is some advice from the National Cyber Security Centre to help to secure your BeMS from cyber-attacks.
Having aremote connectionto your BeMS is highly advantageous. Up to 90% of issues with BeMS can be resolved remotely, and in today’s COVID-19 world, not having to have an engineer visit your site is desirable, for everyone’s sake. Despite this, some organisations are nervous about the security of their systems, and IT staff reluctant to connect the BeMS to their corporate systems.
However, linking to the corporate network is not the only solution to achieving a remote connection. A separate, secure connection can be installed with a VPN, or a cellular, 4G wireless router installed. This solution has security advantages in that fewer people have access to this standalone network compared to the corporate system, although it does require additional IT support to keep it secure, andSSE can help to provide IT support for your BeMS network.
Ensure that the secure configuration of all systems is maintained
Create a system inventory and define a baseline build for all devices
6 Manage user privileges
Establish effective management processes
Limit the number of privileged accounts
Limit user privileges and monitor user activity
Control access to activity and audit logs
7 Home & mobile working
Develop a mobile working policy and train staff to adhere to it
Apply the secure baseline and build it into all devices
Protect data both in transit and at rest
Establish a monitoring strategy and produce supporting policies
Continuously monitor all systems and networks
Analyse logs for unusual activity that could indicate an attack
9 User education and awareness
Produce user security policies covering acceptable and secure use of your systems
Include in staff training
Maintain awareness of cyber risks
10 Incident management
Establish an incident response and disaster recovery capability
Test your incident management plans
Provide specialist training
Report criminal incidents to law enforcement
To make use of all the advantages that a remote connection brings, to upgrade your BeMS to Windows 10, or to get help maintaining the integrity and security of your BeMS network, call us on0345 072 9529, or email us firstname.lastname@example.org
Andrew is Product manager at SSE Enterprise Energy Solutions. He has worked in marketing for almost 30 years and has a PhD in chemistry from the University of Durham.