Since the 1980s, the building control systems manufacturers such as Johnson Controls, Honeywell, Siemens, Schneider, Otis, Lutron and others have been designing their operational technology (OT) systems to work on and depend on computer servers, operating systems, protocols, local area networking (LAN) and remote Internet access along with other information technology (IT) attributes.
“…the systemic risk is that the entire building control systems value chain does not have IT skill sets.”
WHITEPAPER: Cybersecurity for OT vs. IT
To further complicate the problem, traditional IT and IoT companies, solutions and professionals lack the technical knowledge and cultural awareness of building OT systems.
“…traditional IT and IoT companies, solutions and professionals lack the technical knowledge and cultural awareness of building OT systems.”
This is where Totem steps in to bridge the gap between OT and IT and automate cybersecurity oversight of multiple OT building systems. This allows owners and managers to have confidence that even with the fragmentation and turnover in the facility environment there is consistency in the inventory, set up, profiles and backup of their systems across the entire portfolio.