In order to become a building manager, a great deal of training is required to handle the specifics of each property. He or she must understand everything from mechanical and electric maintenance to plumbing and HVAC—and that is just part of what is needed to keep the building or buildings maintained. There are also building codes, emergency preparedness, and health and safety issues that need to be dealt with. Building security is now a central part of the duties of being a building manager, and that means having to keep up with the latest technology.
Advances in technology are affecting many jobs, including those that many would think practically untouchable, like building manager. Of course, if we can have smart homes, we can have smart buildings, and that means eventually having everything connected to each other through the Internet of Things (IoT). Building security has been a high priority for several decades now, and building managers need to be on the forefront of security technology as well.
While training for building managers continues to focus primarily on hardware and managing people, with consideration also going to green/LEED and energy efficiency, schools and training programs now must include coverage of software, IoT, and security.
Another option for building managers is to either hire a security manager, or to get the training themselves. With building security being so important, it is vital for building managers to get at least some training in security. Even if they do hire a security manager, they need to fully understand the measures being taken, and how those measures fit within the overall building management strategy. After all, the building manager is going to know things about the property that the security manager may not know, and the security manager is likely to see things in a different way than the manager, seeing potential threats missed by the average person.
Building managers who understand these threats—and the systems involved in the security of the building—will be better able to help protect the building. The manager is the one who must coordinate all aspects of the building, from maintenance to security, so it’s important to understand each of these aspects as thoroughly as possible. After all, maintenance will necessarily include maintaining the security equipment, and an IoT is necessarily going to have to include security as well—both physical security and cybersecurity.
Technology is transforming even the most traditional jobs. Something as seemingly non-technological as building management increasingly requires technological expertise. At the very least, building managers are having to learning about IoT networks and how to run the software involved in it and security.
While building managers hardly need to know how to thwart a cyberattack, they probably need to learn how to recognize one when is happening. After all, that is increasingly the leading threat to building security.
What all of this means is that building managers are going to need to be trained in these various aspects of their jobs as technology changes and new concerns arrive with it. The information technology revolution is here, and we all have to be trained for the changes that are coming—and often are already here.
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