Lesson 2D – Commercial Building Automation

This lesson describes the components of commercial Building Automation Systems (BAS), a very common implementation of industrial control systems (ICS), and related security issues.

Learning Objectives
  • Define Building Automation Systems (BAS)
  • Identify the components of a BAS
  • Describe the functions of a BAS and the vulnerabilities that are associated with those functions
  • Explain how BAS can be secured
  • Identify factors that will influence innovation in the BAS space over the next one to two decades
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* NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework KSAs Addressed
  • K0309: Knowledge of emerging technologies that have potential for exploitation by adversaries.
  • K0335: Knowledge of current and emerging cyber technologies.
  • K0437: Knowledge of general SCADA system components.
  • K0612: Knowledge of what constitutes a “threat” to a network.
  • S0001: Skill in conducting vulnerability scans and recognizing vulnerabilities in security systems.
  • S0027: Skill in determining how a security system should work (including its resilience and dependability capabilities) and how changes in conditions, operations, or the environment will affect these outcomes.
  • S0034: Skill in discerning the protection needs (i.e., security controls) of information systems and networks.
  • S0085: Skill in conducting audits or reviews of technical systems.
  • S0228: Skill in identifying critical target elements, to include critical target elements for the cyber domain.
  • S0278: Skill in tailoring analysis to the necessary levels (e.g., classification and organizational).
  • A0001: Ability to identify systemic security issues based on the analysis of vulnerability and configuration data.
  • A0034: Ability to develop, update, and/or maintain standard operating procedures (SOPs).

* Most courseware content maps to NIST NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework (NCWF) Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs) and/or NSA/DHS CAE Knowledge Units (KUs). For more information on KSAs and KUs, please visit:

KSAs: http://nvlpubs.nist.gov/nistpubs/SpecialPublications/NIST.SP.800-181.pdf

KUs: https://www.iad.gov/NIETP/documents/Requirements/CAE-CD_2019_Knowledge_Units.pdf