As companies introduce connected technologies into the workplace and on the jobsite, they increase the risk of cyber attacks. Cyber attacks are affecting companies of all sizes. Smaller companies may actually be at higher risk if they don’t think it can happen to them and don’t take precautions.
Don’t be complacent, says the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM). Cybersecurity has become more complex, as malware attacks have continued to skyrocket, with ransomware leading the charge.
Commit to a Cybersecurity Strategy
Routine data backup is the most effective counter to any ransomware demand, says Scott Schober, president and CEO of Berkeley Varitronics Systems. “User behavior has not changed fast enough to keep pace with the onslaught of attacks.”
Effective cybersecurity also requires everyone to participate. Key steps include:
- Cyber awareness training for all employees
- Teaching good cyber-hygiene throughout all levels and departments, in the office and at the jobsite
- Enlisting a qualified third party to help train and test staff
Don’t Forget the Basics
Be proactive and diligent, putting basic controls and protocols in place. These include:
- Create a regular backup plan for all data stored offsite.
- Use only name brand security software that automatically updates on every computer, tablet and laptop to combat the latest threats.
- Update all operating systems regularly and never use unsupported outdated software.
- Verify all firewalls have the latest security patches installed.
- Ensure all network mobile devices have both hardware and software encryption with a long and strong password or PIN required for access.
- Verify the Wi-Fi network within the company and at the job site is secure, encrypted and has a long and strong password. Set up MAC filtering to accept only pre-approved employee devices.
Reinforce these controls and protocols through regular training sessions to help all employees so that ‘thinking cyber’ becomes part of everyone’s daily job requirements.
“By raising awareness, employees will realize the importance of slowing down to question anything that seems a bit off,” Schober says.
While cybersecurity concerns are complex today, they will continue to grow as technology continues to evolve and impact organizations at every level. Every company that is connected to the Internet is a potential target for hackers.
Taking the time now to invest in cybersecurity training and prevention methods can help ensure your company and jobsites remain safe and secure in the future.
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