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My most common IT questions

By Phil Zito on Jul 16, 2017 7:00:31 AM

In this article I am going to explore a lot of the different IT questions I've been asked by my IT for BAS Students. As you may or may not know, I run an online training program called Information Technology for Building Automation System Professionals.

I've had a lot of good questions from folks in this program. And while I've been going through this program I've had tons of conversations about all sorts of things.

Topics: bas it Information Technology
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Information Technology for BAS Professionals

By Phil Zito on Apr 22, 2016 8:40:33 PM

Information Technology, IT, Technology!

Those words strike fear in the eyes of many BAS professionals. Now, before you get defensive, this has nothing to do with capabilities but rather it has to do with training. Up to this point no dedicated training program existed to provide those in the building automation space with the core IT skills they need in today's world.

Topics: Technology Skills Information Technology it Information Technology
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The Basics of Sub-netting

By Phil Zito on Sep 14, 2014 2:57:55 PM

Topics: it subnetting Information Technology
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Top 5 IT Certifications for those in Automation

By Phil Zito on Sep 2, 2014 2:26:47 PM

Topics: building automation systems it Information Technology
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Why the BAS of the Future Will not Have Controllers

By Phil Zito on May 11, 2014 1:25:57 PM

I'm gonna tell it to you straight, BAS controls are changing! Multiple technology systems have gotten away from the proprietary controller model and if buildings are ever going to be truly intelligent than BAS systems need to do the same. In this article I will discuss what I see as the BAS of the Future and how I see it impacting our industry.

Topics: building automation systems it Building Controls
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IoT Mobile ThermoStats

By Phil Zito on Apr 5, 2014 2:36:33 PM

In my new role I have the privilege of leading my company's  partnerships and alliances with the world's top technology companies . One of the buzzwords that keeps coming up especially with the recent announcement from Cisco is the "Internet of Things" or the IoT.

Topics: building automation systems IoT it Building Controls
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Do You Need an Isolated Network for Building Automation Systems

By Phil Zito on Aug 9, 2013 10:32:07 AM

Do You Need an Isolated Network for Building Automation Systems

Based on my experience there are so many other security concerns that are being ignored that going and splitting your trunk onto a physically isolated network is a secondary thought. Quite honestly, the concern around  if you need an isolated network for building automation systems should be something you think about only if you are in a regulated or DoD environment.

Topics: building automation systems security it Building Controls
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How to Hack a Building Automation System

By Phil Zito on Jul 28, 2013 1:48:11 PM

I just finished reading two interesting articles about hacking BAS systems and thought I would share my thoughts with all of you on how a BAS could be used to hack a building. First off, we still have some educating to do around BAS as a whole in the industry. Reading through Brian Prince's article at Dark Reading titled Google Building Management System Hack Highlights SCADA Security Challenges brings to mind one of the first areas in which we need to educate our IT counterparts.

Topics: cyber security building automation systems it Information Technology
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Network Fundamentals

By Phil Zito on May 4, 2013 8:36:39 PM

Networks, they are the lifeline of modern systems and they are the bane of many owners and contractors! I'm not going to solve world hunger with this article but I will promise that you will leave here with a the Network Fundamentals that you need in order to do your job!

Topics: networks it Information Technology
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Proper Network Design Part 1

By Phil Zito on May 3, 2013 12:59:59 PM

Identifying Your Network Needs

When someone purchases an automobile, they usually do so to meet a specific need. The same is true with a network. This article gives you the top 5 areas to consider when performing network design:

Topics: network it Information Technology