Ensuring OT Cybersecurity and Operational Resilience for Smart Buildings

  • Thursday, 11 Mar 2021 10:30AM EDT (11 Mar 2021 15:30 UTC)
  • Speakers: Phil Neray, John Gilbert

As more IoT sensors are introduced to OT networks linking crucial building safety systems like elevators, fire safety, BMS, and other Cyber-Physical Systems, the attack surface grows and the risk of safety incidents and corporate liability increases.

In this educational webinar, John Gilbert will share lessons learned highlighting the importance of adapting the best of IT security to the unique challenges of securing OT networks in smart buildings. John and his team at Rudin Management Company (RMC) have created a single platform that acts as a building's brain, giving all building data a common place to live while removing the silos where this data resided previously, thus allowing valuable data correlations and insights to occur.

NantumOS is a smart building OS that analyzes data from disparate systems (BMS, utility & power quality meters, elevators and access control, and others) combined with data from third-party sources (such as weather, occupancy, and IoT sensors) to prescribe operational adjustments that improve building performance and enhance the tenant experience while also decreasing energy use and carbon emissions.

He will also describe how RMC is leveraging Azure Defender for IoT, Microsoft's agentless IoT/OT security platform, to continuously monitor OT networks for anomalous or unauthorized activity. 'A recent example was when RMC's SOC was immediately alerted to the presence of a contractor's OT devices communicating with the internet to perform 'call home ' operations.

RMC is also leveraging the deep integration between Azure Defender for IoT and Azure Sentinel, Microsoft's cloud-native SIEM/SOAR platform, to rapidly detect and respond to multistage attacks that cross IT/OT boundaries.