• Published Feb 01, 2021
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Modern buildings contain thousands of networked devices, including HVAC, building automation, electronic security, and fire protection systems vulnerable to cyber-physical attacks. M.C. Dean is spearheading a project for the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Research Foundation to raise awareness of cybersecurity vulnerabilities and consequences.

The NFPA Journal interviewed M.C. Dean’s cybersecurity experts for guidance on precautions for facility managers:

  • Protect building systems with the same vigilance that organizations employ to secure enterprise networks.
  • Ensure those responsible for installing and maintaining building systems have cybersecurity credentials.
  • Proactively screen physical and insider threats to building systems.
  • Maintain security patches for all systems.
  • Segregate systems with obsolete software from your primary IT network.

NFPA Journal – Spring 2021: Weak Spots

Our cybersecurity team speaks with the NFPA Journal about potential vulnerabilities of fire systems in the era of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).


About the NFPA Journal
The NFPA Journal is the bimonthly magazine of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), a global self-funded nonprofit organization, established in 1896, devoted to eliminating death, injury, property and economic loss due to fire, electrical and related hazards. NFPA delivers information and knowledge through more than 300 consensus codes and standards, research, training, education, outreach and advocacy; and by partnering with others who share an interest in furthering our mission. Learn more at NFPA.org.

About M.C. Dean

M.C. Dean is Building Intelligence®. We design, build, operate, and maintain cyber-physical solutions for the nation’s most recognizable mission critical facilities, secure environments, complex infrastructure, and global enterprises. The company’s capabilities include electrical, electronic security, telecommunications, life safety, automation and controls, audio visual, and IT systems. M.C. Dean is headquartered in Tysons, Virginia, and employs more than 5,800 professionals who engineer and deploy automated, secure, and resilient power and technology systems; and deliver the management platforms essential for long-term system sustainability.