Your introduction to BACnet Secure Connect

BACnet Secure Connect (BACnet/SC) with David Fisher and Bernhard Isler
Chatting with Bernhard Isler and David Fisher on BACnet/SC

Everyone’s growing more aware of the need for cybersecurity. There have been so many cyberattacks in recent years, it’s almost impossible to ignore. But there’s long been a view that cybersecurity is only an IT issue. Historically, building automation with BACnet has taken a different approach to cybersecurity, leading to confusion.

That’s changing in a big way with BACnet Secure Connect (BACnet/SC). This new technology will help keep your networks secure going forward, with new best practices that are IT-friendly and still backwards compatible with existing BACnet systems. But what does it all mean, and what do you need to know?

We recently hosted a webinar on BACnet/SC with special guests Bernhard Isler from Siemens and David Fisher from PolarSoft, two main figures behind BACnet/SC. We talked about how BACnet Secure Connect will affect everyday users, and what else you should know about keeping your systems secure.

Watch our webinar recording below!

The opinions expressed in this webinar are those of the authors, and do not necessarily represent the views of ASHRAE, SSPC 135, Siemens, PolarSoft, or Optigo Networks.

As BACnet/SC is not yet a published standard, it is possible that in its final form BACnet/SC may deviate from what is presented here.

We dug into a lot of topics, including:

  • Why BACnet Secure Connect? (from 2:30 to 6:07)
  • What does BACnet look like pre-Secure Connect? (from 6:07 to 8:36)
  • What does pre-BACnet/SC over Internet look like? (from 8:36 to 9:54)
  • What is BACnet/SC? (from 9:54 to 14:17)
  • Hubs, and their role in BACnet/SC
  • How does the backward compatibility work? (from 25:23 to 36:53)
  • The BACnet/SC timeline (from 36:53 to 42:38)
  • Questions and final remarks (from 42:38 onwards)

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