75% of firms in the construction industry hit by cyber-attacks in the last year

As a construction business employing modern technologies, you might feel safe in the knowledge that the bulk of your operations take place offline and therefore assume that you are less vulnerable to cyber threats than businesses in other industries.

Sadly, this is a common misconception as you don’t need to be a digital business to be a lucrative target for cyber criminals. In fact, over 75% of respondents within the construction, engineering and infrastructure industries replied to a recent Forrester survey revealing that they had been victim to a cyber incident within the last 12 months.

"Construction businesses of all sizes continue to be targets for cyber attackers due to the sensitive data they hold and high-value payments they handle"

Let me ask the following questions:

  • Do you use a smartphone, tablets, and email to communicate with clients and suppliers?
  • Do you store files from contacts to CAD drawings in cloud storage?
  • Do you have a corporate bank account and access this online or send quotes/invoices via email?

If you answered yes to any of those then sadly you are at risk of becoming a victim of cybercrime. Ransomware is one of the main types of cyber-attacks that businesses in the construction industry are facing, this is where cyber criminals hold a operating system (usually a computer) hostage and then demands payment to restore access

How a cyber-attack could effect the 3 key stages to a construction project

There are 3 key stages to a construction programme or project that cyber criminals are interested in, they are design, construction, and the handover phase. Each of these phases all involve extensive digital workflows, making them all a risk to your company.

The early stages of the construction process, such as the tender process, will generate for example, detailed quotes and signed contracts. A cyber-attack at this stage might prevent a business from being able to win current tenders for work, and impact on future opportunities.

Raise the Roof of Your Cyber Resilience

Once you've nailed the basics, it may seem like time to move on.

Unfortunately, online attackers are incredibly agile and can adapt quickly to overcome security protections, so your cyber security strategy will need to continuously evolve to keep up with the ever-changing risks.

I'm Mark, co-owner of Compex IT and i'm currently offering local architects, engineers and property developers a cyber-crime prevention and recovery plan. There's no cost for this advice!!

Before we go ahead, we'll need to have a quick video/phone call (no more than 15 minutes) to discuss your business and answer your questions.

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