As a contractor, if you think that cyber attacks “will never happen to me,” it’s time to reconsider your stance. Construction companies are an attractive target for a wide variety of
So now, the question becomes: what should you be doing to secure yourself? Most contractors do not have a large IT staff which can support operations as well as security efforts. However, here are a few things you can do with limited resources to make your organization more secure:
1. Keep all software and applications up to date. Hackers will quickly identify any known vulnerabilities in your system. Out of date software, plug-ins and applications are easily identifiable and a simple way to gain access to your network.
2. Limit access to sensitive information. Evaluate your sensitive information. Who all has access to it? Why? How many ways can it be accessed?
3. Educate employees. Hackers prey on the oversight and vulnerabilities of your employees. Encourage them to take caution and be more aware of malicious attacks.
4. Practice good password management. As
5. Conduct routine advanced penetration testing. The only way to truly know if your system can be hacked is to have a team of “hackers” try to hack your system. Advanced penetration testing will uncover all vulnerabilities in your system which adversaries could leverage to gain access to your network.
6. Monitor your network. Security service providers now offer the ability to outsource your security team. Cybersecurity Operations Center services allow for 24/7/365 monitoring of your network for real-time threat detection. The value in these types of services
7. Know what’s on your network and the security implications of growing your attack surface. Your company and its network will continuously grow and evolve. The “Internet of Things” can create improved productivity and increased operational efficiency, but can also decrease your level of security.