Cyber Security, Data, and Construction: What Everyone Needs to Know

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Most people don’t give cyber security data and construction a second thought until they’re the victim of cybercrime.

Maybe you fall for a phishing scam and accidentally give someone your credit card information. Or perhaps you’re a victim of a ransomware scheme, losing access to critical files, or someone just takes over your social media account. There are countless cybercrimes out there these days, costing the global economy billions of dollars every year.

The point is that we’re all at risk all the time, and the best time to think about cyber security and protecting your data is before you become a victim. Here’s what you need to know.

Most Cyber Criminals Don't Break In

The first thing you need to know about data security and cybercrime is that, in most cases, criminals don’t have to break into your system. Instead, in cybercrime cases, they’re let in by human error.

This could be because they followed a fake link and entered account information, it could be because they opened the wrong email attachment, or it could just be because they left an unsecured device in a publicly accessible area.

Because human error is such a significant factor in global cybercrime, the first thing any organization should do to guard against becoming the next statistic is to implement an electronic security policy and provide employee data security training.

If You're Online, You're at Risk

When we think of hackers, most of us think of shadowy figures in hoodies, plugging their laptops into a mainframe to launch an attack.

However, the reality is a lot less Hollywood than that.

Most hackers are likelier to work in an office building or at an oceanside café. They could even sit in the booth right next to you while you’re sipping your coffee, with no hoodies or mainframes in sight.

That’s because, these days, hackers can attack anyone from anywhere on the planet. If you’re connected to the internet, you’re a potential target. And don’t think that your business or organization is too small or unimportant to be targeted. Nearly.

The Cloud Is a Game Changer

These days, most of us use the cloud in a personal capacity. We share files on OneDrive, store photos in Google Drive, and stream music and movies directly from Spotify or Netflix. Still, you might not realize that by doing that, you’re also making yourself a more difficult target for would-be hackers.

When we use cloud-based services and software, we’re not relying on our own network’s security protocols, and unless you work for a major corporation, that’s probably a good thing.

Most personal and even small business and organization networks don’t get the security attention they should, which makes them vulnerable to attacks and breaches.

It could be something as simple as reusing a password or forgetting to back up that leads to a significant cybersecurity breach, and it happens a lot more often than you think. Even companies with a network technician or service provider can fall behind, and that’s all it takes to leave the digital door open.

Companies that provide cloud-based services and software have whole teams dedicated to security. They think about it day and night, upgrade systems as soon as needed, and usually have automatic backups. That means your information will remain safe and retrievable even if something goes wrong.

They should also use advanced security like one-time passwords and multi-factor authentication. If all else fails, even if your account is breached, they can usually get you back in when you contact tech support.

It’s like having the best possible cyber security team working for you 24 hours a day, and that’s great news for anyone.

Communication Is a Target

The construction industry has always been a slower technology adopter than most other industries. While that is changing, this industry is still seen as a soft target for anyone hoping to break into networks, steal data, or launch a ransomware attack.

Companies and organizations of all sizes, including huge construction material manufacturers, are the victims of massive cyber attacks, and they can cost a lot of money, disrupt all kinds of systems and processes, and grind work to a halt.

You don’t have to be in the construction industry to be at increased risk, either. Since many cyberattacks are designed to spread via emails or traditional software systems, you could be swallowed up by this kind of event if you work with construction companies, professionals, or anyone attached to the industry.

Security Needs to Be on Your Software Must-Have List

The simple fact is that there are millions of cyberattacks every year, and every single one of us is at risk.

Suppose you’re still using outdated anti-virus software or older desktop software that no longer gets security patches. In that case, you’re putting yourself at more risk, and it’s only a matter of time before someone takes advantage of that.

These days, when you’re making any decision about software or digital systems, security should be right at the top of your must-have list.

Start your search for new software and systems by asking what kind of security measures are built into the program and what kind of backups and fail-safes are employed by the company you’re considering before you ask any other questions. If there’s no security plan in place, nothing else on the feature list is worth the risk.

Ask software developers and service providers about their security team and their credentials, and learn more about how secure their servers are.

Look for companies that are obsessed with protecting your data and who spend a big chunk of their time keeping everything up to date, and don’t be afraid to ask if they’ve ever had any security issues in the past.

Your data is priceless, and you want to work with companies that understand that and take every necessary precaution to keep it safe.

Owner Insite Is Committed to Data Security

When we built Owner Insite, a big part of our motivation was ensuring that project owners had a better, safer, and more reliable method of storing, accessing, and using critical construction data from their projects, and nothing has changed.

Cybercrime has become more common these days, but we’ve just become more relentless in our mission to keep your project data safe, and that’s never going to change.

So, if you’re thinking of finding a safer, more secure place to keep important information about your construction projects, reach out to the team, and we’d be more than happy to tell you how we can help.  Call us at 888-336-3393 or email us at to learn more. 

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