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Buildings at 'major risk' of cyber attack, says survey

18 January 2017

Findings within a recent industry-wide survey reveal that 39% of clients do not have security measures in place to protect smart installations in buildings.

Conducted by the Electrical Contractors' Association (ECA) and Scottish electrical trade body SELECT, further response to the survey showed more concerns over the risk of cyber attack.

For example, 49% of respondents said the risk of hacking was a potential barrier to installing connected technology.

With smart installations expected to increase in all areas, the survey shows there are major security and privacy implications for the UK business infrastructure.

ECA head of specialist groups Steve Martin said the findings were "very concerning", particularly where protecting businesses from hackers is concerned.

"Clearly this is an area which clients urgently need to address, given the anticipated growth in smart installations over the coming years."

The Connected Technology Survey for Clients was conducted over a three-week period in November and December last year.

While just 20% of the UK's buildings are considered to be 'smart' at present, this is expected to increase rapidly.

Much of this will be driven by the growth of the global Internet of Things (IoT) market, expected to be reach a value of £1 trillion per annum.


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