Keeping the construction sector security safe – hard-hat not included

Construction is all around (sounds like a Wet Wet Wet remake, where’s Bill Nighy when you need him?).

At the moment, I can’t seem to escape construction workers. There’s roof repair work going on at the school behind my house. Which is great when they turn up at 8 and don’t leave till 4 – aka bye bye afternoon naps.

Finally, it’s Friday. I go to my boyfriend’s at weekends, so get to escape the sounds that are torturing my ever-frazzled brain…Then Monday arrives, and to my dismay, builders turn up for repair work on HIS roof. It’s like they’ve created a fan-club dedicated to me, which is flattering, but can a girl get some peace and quiet? PLEASE.

According to a Statista report, I should be more appreciative of what the construction industry does for our economy. Over the course of 2017, it accumulated £164 billion (8.7 billion of that procured by Balfour Beatty, show-offs); double of what was achieved back in 2000. 2.96 million workers made this happen, with 22% of the labour going towards the production of houses. Which is unsurprising, considering every road I go down, there seems to be a new estate appearing out of nowhere.

Because it is such an important sector in terms of both revenue and the product they provide for the UK, we need to make sure it’s getting the cyber-security TLC it deserves.

Construction firms are constantly collecting data, as well as using cloud apps to manage their projects. Alike 53% of defenders, who manage over half of their infrastructure via the cloud, as stated by Cisco’s 2018 Annual Cyber-Security Report.

As they are repeatedly handling such sensitive information, companies must adhere to GDPR regulations that came into play as of the 28th of May this year. This includes informing the subject about:

  • Data Processing
  • Accessing of Said Data
  • Rectifying Data
  • Deleting the Data

  • Don’t be like the guy who sold me paintballing. He took my details (including my number) waited a day, and then proceeded to add me on Snapchat. Sorry Juan, it’s a no from me, and GDPR’s rules and regs I’m afraid.

    Another aspect of digital security construction firms should be aware of, is ‘rogue users’, that may be downloading malware to bring down their company from the inside. Cisco found that the 0.5% of flagged users, on average managed to download 5200 suspicious files. The constant change of the workforce within this type of industry could be a risk to cyber-security, which is why more security needs to be put in place.

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