With the rise in cyber threats, are building and energy management systems secure? If a network goes down, the result could be an impact on occupant productivity and a disruption to processes. Worse yet, a building owner’s data could be at risk.

The market for building energy management systems is on the rise, driven by the fact owners recognize the savings that can be achieved from using the systems. Additionally, technology providers continue to come to market with new solutions to reduce energy consumption in building portfolios.

As such, firms such as Navigant Research, www.navigant.com, Boulder, Colo., predict more owners will put these systems in place in the future. In fact, Navigant says revenue for these systems will reach $5.6 billion by 2020, doubling from the 2013 level.

For building owners, these systems can provide a significant amount of savings in the long run, but setting up cyber protection for building and energy management systems is critical. Yesterday, Lynxspring, www.lynxspring.com, Lee’s Summit, Mo., and Netop, www.netop.com, Birkerod, Denmark, announced a new cyber security solution that will help owners protect building systems.

LYNX CyberPRO is designed specifically for protecting commercial building automation and energy-management systems, and hardens the corporate firewall by removing exposed devices and ports from the public Internet. The solution does not require any changes to existing networks and supports protocols using TCP/IP networks, open and legacy systems, and can be accessed anywhere without exposing the building system.

For building owners and facilities managers, adding another layer of security could help secure building automation and energy management systems, promoting defense from the enterprise level to the device level.

These days, more buildings are becoming connected, as the technologies save a significant amount of money. Research from ON World, www.onworld.com, San Diego, Calif., shows smart buildings equipped with wireless lighting solutions could save billions of dollars. More specifically, wireless lighting controls could save $4 billion in energy costs by 2020.

As building owners begin to recognize the savings that can be achieved with energy systems, growth is inevitable. However, building owners also need to be prepared to implement technology in a way that will secure the network.