Cybersecurity in Construction

We’re all used to the physical security of our homes and businesses – making sure locks are on the doors and security systems are in place. The construction industry is also accustomed to facing its own set of security challenges, with vandalism and theft on the job site. But what about your data? Cybersecurity is becoming a buzzword when talking about the many ways we can keep our businesses safe. As we increasingly face a world where information is at our fingertips, there are new threats aimed at stealing our data.

Manufacturing giant Aebi Schmidt was recently hit by ransomware, shining a light on the potential online threats the construction industry faces, from data entered on the job site to data stored by major manufacturers. Aebi Schmidt systems were shut down across the globe and, in some cases, employees weren’t allowed to work and could not receive pay.

This attack highlights how every aspect of the construction industry is at risk of data breaches. Construction Trimble released some of the top ways your dealership could be targeted. We’re breaking down how you can secure your data against these online security threats.

  1. Mobile Workforce: The construction workforce is familiar with utilizing new technology in the field. Whether it’s a worker on the job site or one of your sales team members using a tablet to show different spec information for equipment, this type of mobility helps keep your team connected and on track with projects. However, having a mobile workforce opens up your network to potential security risks. Ensure you’re keeping your data safe by protecting your networks with firewalls and security systems.
  2. File and data sharing outside the company: There is a lot of file sharing within the construction industry. Whether you’re sending contracts, the latest regulations that need to be upheld, or best safety practices, your employees are sharing and receiving various data points. Setting up detection software will scan incoming attachments to ensure the file isn’t corrupt and is coming from a safe sender.
  3. High personnel turnover: Not only is the construction industry currently in a labor shortage, but there is also a high employee turnover rate. This creates a potential threat for cybersecurity simply because your new employees don’t know best practices. Training your employees right when they start will help set the standard for cybersecurity.

With the adoption of technology across all facets of the industry, cybersecurity is just one of the new risks the construction industry is facing. Use these tips to help ensure your business’s data is safe and share some of your best tips in the comments below!


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