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SecurityMatters’ CTO Speaking at One Conference 2018 On Cyber Security Risks for Smart Buildings

Eindhoven, The Netherlands – September 26, 2018 – SecurityMatters, a global leader in operational technology (OT) network assessment and protection, will give an interactive presentation on cyber security for Smart Buildings and Building Automation Systems (BAS), at the International Cyber Security One Conference 2018 on October 2nd in The Hague, The Netherlands.

The two day conference aims to facilitate the exchange of knowledge and ideas within the international cyber security community, represented by leading speakers from all over the world.

SecurityMatters’ recently appointed Chief Technology Officer Elisa Costante will showcase the latest research results, trends and future challenges within the field of BAS Security.

“Building Automation Systems (BAS) are automated control systems that take care of regulating buildings' functions such as air-conditioning, access control, energy management and physical security. BAS that govern most of our buildings are legacy systems. In fact, it is estimated that more than 60% of existing buildings are actually controlled by BAS that are more than 20 years old. We are aware that BAS form an interesting target for attackers, and – as recent attacks demonstrate – BAS are becoming the weak link in the chain of defense of complex systems. In addition to that, BAS often govern systems that are truly critical: for instance, the business continuity of all data centers depends heavily on the availability and the efficiency of the air conditioning system. Similarly, the functioning of airports, harbors, and railways depend on the availability and integrity of the BAS of their infrastructure” - Elisa Costante, Chief Technology Officer at SecurityMatters.

The lecture will provide an analysis of the main threats and challenges that need to be faced when securing Building Automation Systems. Part of the results discussed in this talk originate in the experience gained within BrAIN, a research and innovation project that SecurityMatters and KPN are executing under the 3rd SBIR Cyber Security tender, a EU funding program of the Dutch RVO (Netherlands Enterprise Agency).

For more information on Smart Buildings Trends and Challenges for a Secure Future, read SecurityMatters’ Blog post.

For more information about the Cyber Security One Conference 2018, at World Forum The Hague click here.

More information about Elisa Costante click here.


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