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Cybersecurity An Increasing Concern for FMs: Report
October 15, 2021 - Contact FacilitiesNet Editorial Staff »
Facility managers have been consumed by the COVID-19 pandemic over the last 18 months. As the pandemic continues to linger and hopefully eventually fade away, next up in the lineup of priorities for managers is cybersecurity.
Honeywell released a report recently that says improving cybersecurity for operational technology (OT) is one of the top priorities for managers over the next 12 to 18 months.
In a report titled, “Protecting Operational Technology in Facilities from Cyber Threats: Constraints and Realities,” more than seven of 10 managers (71 percent) said they consider improving cybersecurity for OT as a concern or worry at their facilities.
OT was also pegged by the surveyed managers as the main building improvement that would provide the biggest benefit to its stakeholders. As a system that can monitor building assets such as HVAC, building management and security systems, vulnerable OT systems can potentially expose facilities to dangerous cyberattacks.
Other statistics from the report include:
- 66% of facility managers view managing OT cybersecurity as one of their most difficult challenges
- 56% currently are more willing to invest in safety-focused solutions than they were before the pandemic
- 44% currently have a cybersecurity solution in place to protect their OT systems from potential threats
- 33% plan to invest in OT cybersecurity products over the next 12 to 18 months
- 27% have experienced a cyber breach in the last 12 months.
Dave Lubach is managing editor, Facility Market.