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Blackpoint Cyber

Ellicott City,  MD 
United States
  • Booth: Virtual

Hello, and welcome to the Blackpoint Cyber booth!

Blackpoint Cyber was established by former US Department of Defense cyber security experts. Leveraging its real-world cyber experience and its 24/7 Managed Detection and Response (MDR) service, Blackpoint helps the building operation industry secure its properties from cyber-attacks.

 Press Releases

  • Ellicott City, MD (March 5, 2019) – Today, Blackpoint Cyber and Colliers International announced a partnership to provide cyber security for commercial real estate. Colliers has launched ‘Neighborhood Curated by Colliers’, a platform that consists of technology-forward services, providing innovative and industry-changing partnerships centered around augmented reality, cyber security, tenant engagement, and community staffing – bringing new life to properties. Blackpoint Cyber is a key partner in this platform, providing its security operations and incident response platform, SNAP-Defense, and its Networked Industrial Control Operations Security (NICOS) module for securing both IT and Operational Technology (OT) infrastructures as a 24/7 managed service.

    Building automation systems (BAS) in commercial buildings provide convenience and efficiency, but they also introduce security vulnerabilities. Most smart buildings are equipped with IP-connected alarm systems, lighting controls, HVAC controls, irrigation controls, access controls, and more – and these devices are often secured by nothing more than a firewall. Furthermore, as IT and OT infrastructures converge, cyber adversaries have more attack surfaces to exploit, threatening basic building function and ultimately leading to disaster. If an attacker can gain privileged user access in the IT network, they can laterally spread to the OT network in seconds and vice versa.

    Blackpoint’s SNAP-Defense and NICOS provide the first integrated IT and OT cyber security threat detection and response platform in the industry. Employing SNAP’s patented live network map, Blackpoint’s Managed Detection and Response (MDR) team will monitor, hunt, and respond to threats within IT and OT environments as well as those that cross the boundary. Blackpoint Cyber is already protecting over 135 commercial real estate buildings and has seen everything from misplaced cables to BAS ransomware to remote access issues.

    “Commercial real estate is employing a growing number of IP-enabled devices. These devices contain unknown vulnerabilities and are connected to limited-security networks often using insecure protocols”, said Jon Murchison, CEO of Blackpoint. “Such environments, combined with remote privileged access by product vendors who are not necessarily focused on cyber security, will create serious cyber events which will impact building operations and tenants. This situation epitomizes the security challenges of OT.” By detecting and responding to breaches in their earliest stages, Blackpoint’s MDR service mitigates attacks before properties are compromised.

    The partnership between Blackpoint Cyber and Colliers is an exciting step forward in the commercial real estate industry. By leveraging Blackpoint’s integrated IT/OT 24/7 managed detection and response service, Colliers remains committed to property success by offering effective, affordable, real-time cyber security solutions to its clients, partners, and tenants.

  • Toronto, ON, and Baltimore, MD, June 07, 2018 ––– RYCOM Corporation and Blackpoint Cyber (Blackpoint) announced today that they have signed an exclusive partnership agreement to ensure commercial real estate is both Smart and cyber-secure. At the center of the partnership is a cyber defence platform which will assist in protecting the networks and technologies needed to make commercial buildings Smart, convenient and physically secure.

    Commercial building networks have become one of the most diverse and complex technology landscapes in the world with applications such as HVAC, physical security, parking, public Wi-Fi and lighting all running over common IP-based networks. Adding to the challenge is the fact that these networks must be open to provide maximum benefits to both owners and tenants. The emergence and deployment of IoT, data analytics, digital transformation strategies, AI, and CRE-Tech all create material benefits to the real estate industry and the communities they serve. However, this rapid influx of new capabilities and technologies is also creating vulnerabilities.

    The new demands of cyber protection require new strategies that hunt, isolate, and protect against malicious behavior proactively. In answer to this, RYCOM and Blackpoint have combined their unique capabilities and experiences in real-estate, end-user needs and cybersecurity to launch an innovative platform under the brand: “RYCOM HIVE-Defence, powered by Blackpoint”. RYCOM HIVE-Defence delivers comprehensive cyber protection 24/7.

    “As critical infrastructure – buildings, utilities, and municipal services – increase their reliance on Smart  and internet-connected devices for efficient operations, this increases exposure to cyber-attacks. Blackpoint and RYCOM offer a solution to greatly reduce this risk and provide visibility that is desperately needed in this growing space”, said Chris Inglis, a former Deputy Director of the U.S. National Security Agency.

    Cheryl Gray, Co-Chair of BOMA Canada’s Cyber Security Committee and EVP of Enterprise Innovations at QuadReal Property Group said, “For the real estate industry, implementation of Smart  technology, AI, and PropTech into our everyday property operations is expanding at a rapid pace. These Smart  tech deployments will stress our existing cyber strategies and therefore, enhancing cyber precautions is essential.”

    Risk management is critical to both operations and investment strategies across all asset classes. “The commercial real estate industry is currently seeing an increased interest in PropTech and AI across all sectors. Investors, owners and the industry leaders who comprise REALPAC’s membership need to understand the potential cyber threats that can impact assets and operations from a risk standpoint,” said Michael Brooks, CEO of REALPAC.

    “The new reality of our industry – using diverse Smart tech to drive benefits – requires us to integrate advanced cyber and physical security capabilities”, said Casey Witkowicz, President and CEO of RYCOM.

    “We need to keep up with the evolution of the various types of cyber crimes as we move closer and closer to a fully connected society. Attacks on Smart  buildings will surge in the coming decade; Smart  buildings are an excellent target because cyber attackers are able to maximize damage and profit with minimal effort”, said Jon Murchison, Founder and CEO of Blackpoint.

    “At the Cushman Wakefield One Queen St. East property, we have deployed the RYCOM HIVE platform extensively and are achieving material Smart building results and benefits in our day to day operations. Cyber has always been part of our Smart strategy. The addition of Blackpoint’s Cyber solution to the RYCOM HIVE platform provides us the needed cyber defence for our Smart  building operation,” said Stephen Adams, General Manager, Toronto Urban Portfolio, for Cushman Wakefield Asset Services.