The InsideIQ Building Automation Alliance has partnered with cybersecurity provider Cylance Inc., allowingr member firms to offer high-level building-automation-system (BAS) security practices, training, and certification to their customers.

By joining forces with Cylance, a global leader in cybersecurity technology and services, InsideIQ member firms can provide customers using industrial control systems (ICS) and BAS with security assessments, incident response, best practices in cybersecurity services, and on-site training.

Cylance has identified that one of the most vulnerable and least thought about entries to the networks and physical presence of an organization is through ICSs and BAS. InsideIQ plans to offer a comprehensive, hands-on training program to help customers understand, identify, and rectify ICS vulnerabilities by applying best practices in security operations. By design, the training will bridge the knowledge gap between IT managers and facility operators regarding networks and ICS/BAS components.

"The Cylance cybersecurity solution ensures that essentially all elements of a building—from automated ID cards to doors, lights, thermostats, HVAC and elevators—will be protected. Through the collaboration of the InsideIQ Alliance, our member firms will be able to make this offering available to customers across the country," Mark Balent, president of the InsideIQ Building Automation Alliance, said.

InsideIQ plans to offer a comprehensive, hands-on training program to help customers understand, identify, and rectify ICS vulnerabilities by applying best practices in security operations. By design, the training will bridge the knowledge gap between IT managers and facility operators regarding networks and ICS/BAS components.

"Often companies have no idea that their ICS/BAS is even accessible via the Internet to outsiders," Terry McCorkle, technical director of Cylance, said. "Using the Internet to manage buildings is convenient, but it may come at a steep price, presenting new opportunities for hackers. We look forward to working with InsideIQ to help keep buildings safer."

The InsideIQ Building Automation Alliance is an international alliance of independent building automation contractors. For more information visit www.insideiq.org. For more information on Cylance, visit www.cylance.com.