BOMA International, in partnership with the ASIS Foundation and the Security Industry Association (SIA), has created first-of-its-kind guidance for practitioners in the commercial real estate and security fields. Intelligent Building Management Systems: Guidance for Protecting Organizations provides a framework to help decision makers protect their buildings against risks associated with intelligent building management systems and ask relevant security questions to develop appropriate mitigation strategies. It also serves to establish a common language between the many intelligent building stakeholders.

Intelligent building management systems increasingly have become embedded into the built environment as technology has evolved and the demand for reduced operating costs and greater monitoring, control and operability has continued to grow. However, this growth also comes with a substantial set of security vulnerabilities. Research finds a significant disconnect between the perceived understanding of intelligent building threats and risks versus actual dangers. It also reveals that a lack of common terminology and practices can result in misunderstandings and siloed views of associated security risks. The guidance document emphasizes the need to take a multidisciplinary proactive management approach to intelligent building vulnerability mitigation and fuse multidisciplinary participants into an intelligent building security team. It also highlights the importance of intelligent building integrators and cybersecurity experts as partners who can help organizations better understand threats and risks and more effectively achieve intelligent building security.

Intelligent Building Management Systems: Guidance for Protecting Organizations was developed as a service to property and security professionals. The information included should be considered as guidance; consult with your security professional for your specific needs.