The construction industry is becoming ever more tech-oriented, and while this boosts efficiency and productivity, it also necessitates a consideration of cybersecurity. Indeed, as construction companies manage larger amounts of data, incorporate more on-site tech (like inspection drones), and take advantage of the IoT, they are unfortunately becoming top targets for cyberattacks.
Given this change, let’s take a look at some of the cybersecurity trends we should expect to see in the construction industry this year.
Hiring IT Personnel
First and foremost, we’re seeing an uptick in IT personnel hired by construction companies, and with good reason: Digital information needs to be handled efficiently and in a way that ensures it is kept safe. IT employees are required to make sure that as construction companies embrace more technology, every system, program, and new piece of software is running smoothly. The presence of professional IT personnel decreases the likelihood that systems and technologies will be implemented haphazardly, or in ways that expose vulnerabilities.
Securing IoT Devices and Applications
Beyond general tech upgrades, construction companies are making more use of the IoT as well. And while this is resulting in more optimal usage of resources –– and in many cases improved conditions for workers –– IoT implementation is not without its issues. Unfortunately, we have also seen attacks against IoT networks emerging as one of the most notable trends in global cyber crime. Consequently, it’s becoming essential for construction companies to guard against such attacks by paying specific attention to the security of IoT devices and applications.
More companies in the construction space are using software to start compiling and organizing data. As more data is compiled, it becomes easier to improve practices and worksite safety. And when companies take more steps like this, the consolidated data is in some respects easier to control and secure. However, it’s important to note that when you have all of your sensitive information in one place, it also becomes a more appealing target for cyber-attacks. As a result, those responsible for IT security need to take steps to protect primary data hubs. Steps like changing passwords frequently, opting for two-factor authentication (2FA), and keeping an eye out for any suspicious activity go a long way toward keeping company data safe.
When a company and especially a construction company (which tends to deal with large sums of money and extremely sensitive information) experiences a data breach, the trust that the brand has built over time can be destroyed in a matter of minutes. There are two things that need to take place if this sort of problem is to be avoided. The first is before a security breach happens: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, so take the time to secure your information. The second, should you fail to prevent a security breach, is to take accountability and resolved the situation as quickly and effectively as possible. The specifics of how this is to be done vary from one company to the next, but the trend we’re likely to see is more focused on reputation protection.
As construction companies increase their cybersecurity vigilance, we should see fewer cybersecurity attacks in 2022 –– though they won’t disappear completely. With attackers and their strategies evolving, however, so should the security measures used to prevent and mitigate the consequences of these types of attacks.