Commercial buildings are at risk from being so 'Smart'

by Steve Randall08 Jun 2018

An Ontario-based tech firm has partnered with cyber security experts from Maryland in a bid to make the commercial real estate sector safer.

RYCOM has teamed up with Blackpoint Cyber under an exclusive agreement focused on making commercial real estate Smart and cyber-secure.

Smart commercial buildings have diverse and complex networks of technology which operate everything from lighting to parking and the nature of the buildings mean that those systems are open to allow access for owners and tenants… but that means risk.

"As critical infrastructure - buildings, utilities, and municipal services - increase their reliance on Smart and internet-connected devices for efficient operations, this increases exposure to cyber-attacks. Blackpoint and RYCOM offer a solution to greatly reduce this risk and provide visibility that is desperately needed in this growing space", said Chris Inglis, a former Deputy Director of the U.S. National Security Agency.

The two firms’ arrangement has at its heart a cyber defence platform which will assist in protecting the networks and technologies needed to make commercial buildings Smart, convenient and physically secure.

"The new reality of our industry - using diverse Smart tech to drive benefits - requires us to integrate advanced cyber and physical security capabilities", said Casey Witkowicz, President and CEO of RYCOM.

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