Q&A: How important is cyber security to the real estate industry?

Dan Norris, UK head of real estate, Hogan Lovells

Cyber security risks are rising in the commercial real estate industry — and building management systems can be part of the exposure.

Like any other industry, commercial real estate is not immune to cyber security threats. Both property owners and tenants may hold their sensitive data in separate systems, but increasingly the systems connect, exposing them both to the weakest link in their security.

Building cyber “bridges” between systems not only exposes data to privacy violations (it is outside the scope of this