May 24, 2021
Secure Your Digital-Threat Perimeter
BY Sandy Lender
The experts at NordVPN Teams provided great information for the AsphaltPro article: How to Hack-proof Your Plant Controls. The information includes a serious look into digital security in the post-pandemic business landscape.
NordVPN Teams has shared on its website the staggering dollar figure of US$585 million spent on cloud security in 2020 alone, saying, “In fact, cloud security is the smallest but fastest-growing segment of the cybersecurity market, driven by the small initial market size and companies’ opting for cloud-based cybersecurity solutions.”
By March 26, 2021, NordVPN Teams had warned the construction industry of the growing threat from cybercrime, stating: “According to the Cost of Data Breach Report 2020 by IBM, the average cost of a data breach in the industrial sector was $4.99 million.”
Because the industrial sector’s value has been rising by 3.6 percent each year since 2018, according to GlobalData, cybercriminals are paying more attention to it.
As it turns out, COVID-19 forced executives in all employment sectors to take a hard look at cybersecurity. The lessons of the past 12+ months could serve us well in the construction industry, if we take them to heart. Asphalt professionals already know to lock up control panels at night, but they could learn some new tips for doubling up for online security with multi-factor authentication on those handy worksite tablets.
Because COVID-19 sent employees to satellite offices (read: working from home), employers suddenly had widely distributed workforces to secure. Companies adapted, of course. NordVPN Teams provides a concise look at the corporate environment’s response in general here; AsphaltPro brings the concept to our industry specifically and provides a drilled down look at best practices for safeguarding data with the article in the June 2021 edition.