Cyber Security Standard
Helping to secure our digitally built world
The Global Cyber Consortium (GCC) and The Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY) along with a group of cyber security experts from industry and academia have created a new Cyber Best Practices Questionnaire to help organizations evaluate and address cybersecurity threats. The questionnaire will initially be focused on the commercial real estate sector, but the GCC expects this to be the basis for a series of future questionnaires supporting a wide range of markets including health care, banking, and government.
The GCC started meeting virtually in 2020 with a diverse group, including end users, consultants, integrators, individual cybersecurity professionals from leading building system companies, and academic leaders, focusing their research on topics related to cybersecurity.
Solving Cybersecurity Challenges in our Digital Age
“Managing the questionnaire process is a real pain point for building system vendors and suppliers of products which are connected within a company,” said Min Kyriannis, a co-founder of the GCC. “Vendors have long asked for simplified and standardized questionnaires which can provide significant efficiencies and savings across the board.
“Improving cybersecurity industry standards is key to our overarching goal to help transform the real estate experience through technology,” said Sandy Jacolow, Chief Technology Officer at Empire State Realty Trust and Chair of the REBNY Cybersecurity Committee. “As new innovations in PropTech, the metaverse, blockchain and other technologies are adopted, we must make sure that the cybersecurity practices of vendors and portfolios keep pace. This questionnaire will help evaluate that progress.”