Security dominated the first day of the CIBSE conference in London this week.
Given the recent news about TalkTalk, the mobile phone service provider, being hacked and exposing sensitive customer data to the criminals, it is easy ti imagine this happening with BIM systems. With access to building details, it could make it easier for people to take advantage of that information.
However, another speaker, Andrew Sieradski, head of security at Buro Happold, pointed out the huge potential for BIM and other technology to improve building performance through better security. By entering details about building equipment into the right systems it could, for example, help to identify the best camera resolution to use, or the optimal temperature at which to keep data storage systems.
Ian Ellis of Siemens said:
“People know the potential risk associated with security, what is necessary is to make security a priority that is introduced into the design as early as possible.”