Yet another example of a BMS / control system vulnerability popped up this morning.
With penetration tools becoming increasingly simple to use and services such as Shodan freely accessible to anyone who is so inclined, regardless of their intentions, I am still astounded that there appear to be so many people within the AV and integration industry who are completely oblivious to even the most basic network security.
We really need to move away from this view that we live in our own little isolated world far more rapidly than what is currently taking place. We build systems that have complete control over environments. We create, commission and install solutions that drop multiple-tonne screens from roofs, that distribute (potentially sensitive) media, that have eyes and ears in every space, control power, lighting, physical access and the monitoring of all of these services. Yet, as an industry we still seem believe we function inside our own AV bubble.
Those that continue the AV / IT dichotomy and perhaps more scarily actively spread the great fear of 'the network guys / girls' to newcomers to the industry truly scare me. Not only do they work against themselves but they position the entire industry as the threat or issue that needs to be resolved.