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Building a Secure Organization: 5 Best Cybersecurity Practices for Commercial Construction Firms

Sep 15, 2023
Jason Day

The commercial construction industry is a prime target for cyber attackers. With valuable data and assets at stake, it's more important than ever for construction firms to implement robust cybersecurity measures.

Here are five best practices for commercial construction firms:

Educate employees on cybersecurity best practices. Employees are often the weakest link in the cybersecurity chain. That's why it's important to educate them on best practices, such as how to spot phishing emails, create strong passwords, and keep devices secure.

Implement multi-factor authentication (“MFA”). MFA adds an extra layer of security to your accounts by requiring users to enter a code from their phone in addition to their password. This makes it much more difficult for attackers to gain access to your systems, even if they have your password.

Use a security solution that protects against malware and ransomware. Malware and ransomware are two of the most common types of cyberattacks. A good security solution will help protect your devices from these threats -- and help you recover quickly if you are attacked.

Back up your data regularly. In the event of a cyberattack, having a backup of your data can be a lifesaver. Make sure to back up your data regularly and store it in a secure location.

Have a cyberattack response plan in place. In the event of a cyberattack, it's important to have a plan in place so you can respond quickly and effectively. Your plan should include steps for identifying and containing the threat, notifying affected parties, and recovering from the attack.

Below are some additional tips for commercial construction firms:

  • Segment your network to help limit the damage if an attacker is able to breach your network.
  • Use strong passwords and change them regularly.
  • Keep your software up-to-date. Software updates often include security patches that can help protect your systems from known vulnerabilities.
  • Be careful about what links you click on and what attachments you open. Phishing emails are a common way for attackers to gain access to systems.
  • Monitor your systems for suspicious activity. There are several tools available that can help you monitor your systems for signs of an attack.

By following these best practices, commercial construction firms can help protect themselves from cyberattacks, mitigate the risk to their data and other assets, and build a more secure organization.

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