Tools for Assessment of Cybersecurity of Facility-Related Controls Systems

Live onsite
2 hours

Facility-related control systems (FRCS) help assure building comfort, safety, and efficiency but are vulnerable to a cyber attack, which could impact the performance of these systems and be used as a vector into other government information technology systems. Recent legislation and executive orders require assessments of these systems and plans to improve their defenses.

This Energy Exchange pre-conference workshop will provide an overview of control systems, identify potential cyber risks, review assessment processes, and introduce new tools to help ensure that these systems provide high performance and are cyber secure. In addition, it will also establish a baseline definition of systems and risks, then demonstrate the process needed to develop an assessment and a plan to protect key FRCS.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this workshop, attendees will:

  • Be able to develop a baseline definition of facility control systems architecture, technologies, and terminology
  • Gain an understanding of the types and risks of cyber attacks
  • Understand the processes available to assess a system for cyber risk
  • Learn how to utilize tools to assess their FRCS security
  • Gain an understanding of how to plan and implement improvements to control systems for cyber resilience.


  • Paul Ehrlich, Technical Advisor, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Read Bio.

    Paul Ehrlich is a technical advisor for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory with a focus on projects related to building energy efficiency, advanced controls, and building to grid integration. Prior to joining the lab, he was the president of Building Intelligence Group LLC, an independent consultancy, whose primary purpose was to support and promote the delivery of high-performance buildings. Services included systems assessment, master planning, training, and design for intelligent and sustainable building systems with a focus is in the areas of integrated systems, facility operations and enterprise management. Paul has a Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Wisconsin and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of St. Thomas. Close Bio


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