If networks weren’t vulnerable to breaches, intrusions, viruses, and cyberattacks, they wouldn’t need to be secure. Robust network security is essential for proper energy management solutions to be effective. Frank Menocal, CTO of ENTOUCH, spoke about the importance of network security for energy management systems and how IT departments can protect their networks.
Menocal said cybersecurity requires constant vigilance, especially for those preparing to bring a new system online into an existing corporate network. “The most important thing is to have a level of confidence in the vendor and the products you are bringing, that they have gone through a thorough and robust safety review process. Because the last thing you want to do for all good intentions to bring a good system brings a Trojan into your organization that opens vulnerabilities.
The security measures of energy management service providers like ENTOUCH begin with the state-of-the-art equipment that resides within the organization. “It’s the most vulnerable point in any organization once you introduce it into your network,” Menocal said. “We make sure our devices don’t allow any traffic to them that they don’t expect. So the first thing we do is to not allow connections to be established on our devices. » All network traffic is redirected to the cloud, not to the devices.
Menocal said another layer of protection is essential to ensure that anything downloaded to devices is digitally signed and secure. “All of this must be done through a secure communication channel that is only allowed to communicate with our cloud. There are multiple layers of security, both at the network level and at the application level, as well as authentication. We authenticate all communication on this device. So you have three different levels of security.