A Building Management System (BMS) is a comprehensive computer system. Once installed, the BMS communicates with all of the equipment and systems currently installed in the building.
With a BMS, owners can monitor and manage core systems, such as air conditioning, heating, ventilation, lighting, or energy supply systems. Dealing with multiple energy sources, such as electricity, gas, and rooftop solar panels? A good BMS integrates each system individually, giving owners complete control over each supply.
The term building automation system (BAS) is also sometimes used to refer to BMS, highlighting the fact that a BMS rarely requires active input once set up correctly, and is largely automated. But BAS is more often used to refer to BMS systems applied on a larger scale, e.g. to condominiums, tertiary buildings, and public buildings, as part of a full-fledged automation and control system.
Security automation is the use of technology that performs tasks with reduced human assistance in order to integrate security processes, applications, and infrastructure.
As cyber threats become more numerous and sophisticated, the concept of zero trust security was created to help manage enterprise cyber risk. Instead of implicitly trusting internal users and systems, zero trust security approves or denies access requests on a case-by-case basis driven by role-based access controls (RBACs).
The granular security provided by a zero-trust architecture has significant benefits, but it also creates a significant amount of overhead. Security automation is essential to building a secure, scalable, and sustainable zero trust strategy.
The Main Benefits of Security Automation
The primary goals of security automation are to enable faster incident response and to increase security agility. These two objectives are accomplished in a few different ways.