Energy Management Information Systems Cybersecurity Best Practices

Research output: NRELFact Sheet


Energy management information systems (EMIS) are a broad and rapidly evolving family of tools that monitor, analyze, and control building energy use and system performance. Critical systems are often integrated with or operate on the same networks as EMIS scope systems, necessitating stable, continuous, and secure communication. When connecting EMIS to building automation and utility control systems, there are also many physical assets that could cause harm to the building and its occupants if a malicious act or human error were introduced. It is imperative to ensure all EMIS scope systems are connected securely to the EMIS and do not open vulnerable pathways to other facility networks and operations. The Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) promotes best practices for impactful utilization of EMIS at federal facilities. This best practice document is part of a series of fact sheets created to help accelerate the market adoption and use of EMIS in the federal sector. It provides an overview of required EMIS cybersecurity standards for compliance and authority to operate along with additional recommendations.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages3
StatePublished - 2022

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/FS-5R00-81765

Other Report Number

  • DOE/GO-102022-5680


  • cybersecurity
  • EMIS
  • energy management information systems


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