Building Digital Fortresses: Cybersecurity for the Unsuspecting Contractor

Tuesday, August 1, 2023

Building a solid business in construction is tough, but defending it from invisible adversaries is an entirely different battlefield. Explore why cyber attacks are on the rise and what contractors can do about it.

In the construction industry, you understand better than most the importance of a solid foundation, meticulous planning, and robust structures. You deal with heavy machinery, complicated logistics, and manage an extensive workforce daily. But amid all these physical aspects of your job, it’s easy to overlook another crucial area that requires attention - cybersecurity.

Perhaps you’ve felt it – managing project data, employee records, and procurement details can be as intricate as planning a multi-story building. In this increasingly digital landscape, construction contractors aren’t immune to cyber threats. 

Understanding the Threat Landscape

Cybersecurity is often perceived as a problem for large corporations or financial institutions, but the reality is that cyber threats are an ever-present concern in the construction industry as well. In fact, construction companies are at a higher risk than ever before, with reported cyber breaches increasing by 545% from 2019.

Many construction contractors are now employing digital technologies to improve efficiency and communication. These digital tools, however, can become entry points for cybercriminals. As the construction industry embraces technology, cybersecurity must be an essential consideration.

Common Cyber Threats

1. Phishing Attacks

Phishing attacks involve cybercriminals sending out deceptive emails, text messages, or social media messages that aim to trick recipients into revealing sensitive information, such as login credentials or financial information. Construction companies can fall victim to these attacks when an employee inadvertently clicks on a deceptive email or downloads a malicious attachment.

2. Ransomware

Ransomware is a type of malware that encrypts files on the targeted computer network and demands a ransom in exchange for releasing the data. If someone in your company unintentionally downloads ransomware, it can quickly spread through your network, causing significant downtime and potential loss of sensitive data.

3. Data Breaches

Data breaches involve unauthorized access and theft of a company's sensitive information, such as employee or client data and financial records. These breaches can occur due to weak passwords, unprotected file-sharing, or out-of-date security measures.

How to Protect Your Business

Fortunately, there are steps contractors can take to protect against cyber threats and minimize risks:

Lockwell understands the unique challenges you face. Whether it’s handling sensitive project blueprints, ensuring safe digital communication, or maintaining secure access to your construction software, Lockwell’s straightforward cybersecurity services are tailored to suit your business model.

Access Management: As Simple as Using a Measuring Tape

In the construction world, granting the right access to the right people is crucial. It's the same with your digital space. Lockwell's account management module securely handles user access, ensuring that only authorized personnel have access to vital data. It’s like having a digital site manager ensuring every worker knows their role.

Creating Secure Digital Highways

Your teams may be spread out across various construction sites, accessing project data and communicating digitally. Lockwell's VPN module acts like a secure highway, protecting your online traffic and maintaining the confidentiality of your data. With Lockwell, you can rest assured that your data remains secure, even when accessed from remote locations.

Guarding Your Digital Tools

Like your construction tools, your digital devices are critical for your operations. Lockwell's device security acts as a custodian for these digital tools, providing real-time threat analysis and remediation. It ensures your devices stay free from viruses and malicious software, allowing you to focus on building and not on fixing digital issues.

Safeguarding Your Business from the Shadows

The dark web can be likened to a digital underworld where you never want your business data to end up. But with Lockwell's dark web monitoring , it's like having a round-the-clock security guard, always watching to ensure your business data stays protected.

A Digital Architect at Heart

At the core of Lockwell is  Automated Threat Intelligence. This powerful feature acts like a digital architect, always scanning your digital infrastructure, alerting you of potential issues, and providing clear, simple solutions to resolve them swiftly.

In the fast-paced and demanding world of construction, you need a trusted, efficient partner to manage cybersecurity. Lockwell allows you to focus on what you do best – creating impressive structures, while it ensures that your digital assets remain secure.

Of course, no cybersecurity service can guarantee absolute, 100% protection - the landscape of cyber threats is vast and constantly evolving. However, Lockwell provides comprehensive coverage, significantly reducing the risk of cyber threats and allowing you to operate with peace of mind.

With Lockwell, you're investing in a strong foundation for your digital operations, fortifying your business against potential cyber threats. Because just as every construction project requires robust planning and reliable partners, your digital operations deserve a strong cybersecurity ally – and that's precisely what Lockwell is here to provide. So, as you continue building remarkable structures, let Lockwell build a secure digital environment for your business.