As the Internet of Things becomes more integrated with building systems and devices, the threat of
a cyberattack increases. With the implementation of electronic physical security
systems, there is less of a margin for
error, as an attack against your network
could jeopardize your facility’s assets.
Fortunately, electronic physical security
systems can now be evaluated for their
ability to fend off cyberattacks with UL’s
new Cybersecurity Assurance Program
(UL CAP). With the new UL 2900-2-3
Standard, UL CAP provides criteria for
Test Security Systems for Cyber Risk
NEW STANDARD HELPS PROTECT IOT SECURITY DEVICES
electronic physical security systems to
assess software vulnerabilities and weak-nesses, minimize exploitation, address
known malware, review security controls
and increase security awareness.
The criteria will help manufacturers create safer, more secure products and give
FMs, system integrators and retrofitters
specification benchmarks that mitigate risk.
“The electronic physical security
market is the cornerstone of safety
and security in facilities and organiza-
tions. Cyber risks in this space are an
important factor to address in securing
a facility,” says Rachna Stegall, Global
Director of Connected Technologies at
UL. “UL believes that our UL CAP ser-
vices can provide specifications that
are repeatable, reproducible and mea-
sureable with objective evidence that
can support a manufacturer’s claim of
security assurance in such an important
component of an owner’s facility.”
The criteria can be applied to surveil-
lance cameras, emergency communica-
tion systems, fire alarm systems, alarm
receiving systems, intrusion detection
systems and access control systems.
5 Areas to Focus on for Better Workplace Productivity
STUDY FINDS 43% OF EMPLOYEES DO NOT BELIEVE THEIR WORKPLACE ENABLES PRODUCTIVITY
A new study shows just how impactful a poorly
planned workplace is on employees, which can negatively impact performance. Released by Leesman, an assessor
of workplace effectiveness, the report analyzes how organizations can better support employees by offering an office environment that actually works.
Despite the current focus on health and wellbeing at
work, the findings show that many employees are endur-
ing workplaces that fail to support their basic working day,
obstructing their ability to contribute to business success.
“What this report demonstrates is that there is still more
that organizations need to be doing if they’re going to lever-
age the workplace as a source of competitive advantage and a
booster of organizational performance,” says Tim Oldman, CEO
of Leesman. “We still see far too many workplaces that are
simply not fit for purpose and that represents a huge missed
opportunity for business leaders.”
The data reveals a shocking level of dissatisfaction among
the workforce: 43% of study participants globally do not agree
that their workplace enables them to work productively.
The report points to five key areas that organizations need
to focus on:
The top productivity killers: Offices routinely present barriers to daily work that impact pride in working for their organization and overall morale. The features that have the biggest
impact on employees’ ability to work productively are space
between work settings, dividers and noise levels.
The most demanding generation: Millennials repeatedly
show themselves to have the simplest workloads and thus
the narrowest set of requirements. Attention should instead
be directed at those in the 35-44 age band who consistently
record the lowest satisfaction scores and typically have roles
that are more complex.
The winner of the open-plan vs. private office debate: Both
open-plan and cellular solutions can be equally good and bad.
Across more than 2,200 workplaces surveyed, employees in the
highest performing locations will almost certainly sit in an open-plan setting, so demonizing this way of working is not the way
Workplace transformation projects are not always transformative: With large investments in refurbishment and relocation
fit-out projects, leadership teams expect them to deliver significant operational benefit. But evidence shows this to not always
be the case.
Workplace + behavior = effectiveness: Based on Leesman’s
research across 11,336 employees in 40 activity-based spaces,
these employees rarely work in an activity-based way. In short,
employees don’t just change the working habits of a lifetime
because employers tell them to.
IN THE SURVEY, EMPLOYEES WORKING IN THE HIGHEST
PERFORMING LOCATIONS are almost always sitting in an
open-plan setting. Rejecting this type of configuration
might be holding your organization back.