Part three in our series on energy management relays the importance of protecting energy management data and those responsible for this process.
When employing energy management technologies, it is imperative to protect systems and data from cyber criminals, terrorists, and hackers. While some industries are higher targets than others, all businesses should be on alert. Because the Internet of Things (IoT) connects all devices in a building, hackers can gain control of systems that have remote access and damage multiple systems simultaneously, thus adversely affecting the properties we manage. Protecting energy management systems and data has never been more important.
Property managers, engineers, and IT security personnel all have a role in managing cybersecurity. Practicing appropriate cyber protocols, such as carefully regulating the opening and closing of ports, using and maintaining firewalls, segregating the building management network from all tenant or occupier-facing networks, changing device default settings, controlling and monitoring vendor access to engineering systems, and practicing good password hygiene, are key ways to mitigate threats to building management networks. Continued maintenance and security of system architecture is necessary, including that of BAS/EMS, security systems, fire and life safety systems, elevator systems, and other systems with remote access.
New energy technology, evolving government energy regulations, and shifting public sentiment around companies’ environmental impact are powerful trends that demand businesses perform better. As the industry moves toward increased energy technology usage, property management teams must optimize energy technology operations for the assets they manage, plan for technology integrations, train their teams, and incorporate data security into mitigation and response plans. Following these steps is key to implementing effective energy management strategies that produce energy cost-savings, efficiency, long-term results, and, ultimately, ROI for clients.
Mike Turzanski serves as the West Region Engineering Operations lead for Cushman & Wakefield. He is responsible for management and engineering support for the Western Region and brings 30 years of practical and technical experience related to the operation and maintenance of high-rise office buildings, retail facilities, data centers and steam plants.
Lee Dunfee serves as the East Region Engineering Operations lead for Cushman & Wakeifeld. He is responsible for engineering operations in Cushman & Wakefield’s Eastern Region and works closely with city leaders, property managers, and chief engineers to deliver best-in-class operations for our owners and tenants. Mr. Dunfee also works closely with Cushman & Wakefield’s corporate engineering services group on new processes, procedures and corporate initiatives, including an internal energy management program.