Building Automation Systems (BAS) and Cybersecurity

September 14, 2021

According to IBM, the global average cost of a data breach is $3.9 million and data from Juniper suggests cybercrime cost businesses over $2 trillion total in 2019. So, what does Cyber Security have to do with a Building Automation Systems? Building Automation Systems provide significant value in connecting and automating a building and its components; however, anywhere you or your customers are connected can provide risk. There are simple and proactive measures you can take to improve your job or building’s cyber security.

Building Automation Systems (BAS) and Cybersecurity

Key Learnings:

  • Understanding IT requirements that need to be proactively built into BAS specifications.
  • Specifying the right products with cyber security considerations.
  • Best practices for BAS installation that can improve cyber security.
  • Ongoing maintenance required to mitigate cyber security risk.

Meet the Speakers

Brian Meyers
Senior Product Manager
Trane Commercial North America

Brian has product responsibility for Tracer SC/SC+/Synchrony, and Legacy Tracer Communications Bridges. Additionally, Brian drives and supports products and offerings that span across controls products lines in areas that include cloud connectivity, cyber security, and others. Brian began his career with Trane Commercial Systems in 2005 as a System Applications Engineer, focused on System Integration. In this role, Brian gained significant knowledge related to industry protocols and competitive control systems. Additionally, in this role, Brian participated as a member of numerous industry organizations, including ASHRAE, where he became a voting member within the SSPC135 (BACnet) working group. In 2011, Brian transitioned into Product Management and has managed several products and services since that time.

Mangaya Sivagnanam
Principal Cybersecurity Architect
Trane Technologies

Mangaya Sivagnanam is a security researcher, speaker, writer, coach and currently working as Principal Cybersecurity Architect at Trane Technologies, with extensive experience in secure web/enterprise and embedded applications framework design, analysis, development, and deployment – based on client/server applications and commercial Industrial Control Systems. Mangaya has expertise and experience in innovation, security architecture for the web-apps, SCADA, Industrial Control Systems, Internet of Things, Mobile, Cloud Computing, Big Data Security, Smart Connected Buildings and Smart Cities. She has wide-ranging experience with Heterogeneous System’s Software Design (Secure SDLC), DPIA, Threat Modeling, Attack Modeling, Security and Risk Analysis, Threat Intelligence, Penetration Testing.

Glenn Gasmen
Embedded Software and Cybersecurity Leader
Trane Commercial North America

Glenn leads a team for the development of building automation systems. Additionally, he leads the product cybersecurity life-cycle for Trane Controls with responsibility of security strategy through product development to the end-of-life. Glenn also leads the product-related cybersecurity advancements across Trane Technologies.

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