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Smart Building Use Case

Testing The Market: Smart Buildings

Phantom provides a unique way to plug the security holes in the Internet of Things (IoT) is a way that does not require any code/system changes. This ability results in some interesting potential solutions and we are currently trying to figure out which solution will give us our best chance at early success.

To this end, we need your help.

We will be releasing a series of blog posts that explain a given specific use case and we really want to hear from you in terms of interest. If you are involved in the target story, then please let us know what you think. Are we on target or missing the boat? Is this something of high interest/need or a topic you laugh about and would not even consider for years?

Your input now can save us tons of time and really help us increase our chances of success.

Thank you so much – now onto the use case!

Use Case: Smart Control Systems

There is a ton of literature online about the perils of not protecting buildings, energy grids and data centers.  Everything from Stuxnet to the Target hack to threats that our entire infrastructure will go offline and cost a trillion dollars in damage.  In response there are tons of efforts underway to figure out how to standardize the protection of these systems – now called Cyber-Physical Systems – and mitigate future attacks.

But how real are these needs and what are people willing to do today?

In the case of Phantom, we can provide a solution today that will protect smart control systems and fully support whatever standards come down the road tomorrow.  With Phantom, ICSs, or CPSs as they are now labeled, can be completely secure with minimally impact in terms of resources.  We do not require any software changes or configuration modifications in current systems and our software is easy to implement.  Moreover, either Phantom or a trusted vendor can manage the deployed solution – which works across a range of CPSs (HVAC, lighting, electric gird, security, etc…) to further minimize the impact of any future regulations.

Does anybody care?

We ask because it appears that people need to be forced into accepting security.  In MedTech, these is much easier as HIPAA gives providers no choice and now HIPAA is being expanded to medical devices.  Phantom can maintain compliance without impacting systems and that appears to be a solid sale.  In finance, FIPS rules denote exactly how systems need to be secured and, again, FIPS is spreading into the IoT and Phantom’s ability to maintain FIPS compliance transparently seems to be of interest.

And yet, while there is a ton of activity, no such compliance rules yet exist in smart buildings/control systems.  They are on their way and should be here in the next 3-5 years.  Given the fact that new largest commercial building efforts often take as long, or longer, to build and they anything deployed by system integrators today will be susceptible to new rules as they come out, there is a strong case to be made for Phantom to be used now.

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But is it enough?  If you are a commercial builder, system integrator or engineering design firm, is security really at the forefront of your discussions?  Do you see an option such as Phantom being a value add today or an issue you will deal with down the road?

Thank you for your comments!

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