Phishing attacks pose a constant threat
May 30, 2013
Many construction companies rely on corporate email as their primary means of communication. However, many firms forget that cybercriminals are always lurking and trying to infiltrate their virtual infrastructure. Keeping this in mind, companies must fighting back against computer hackers a higher priority.
Spear phishing attacks are a major threat
Construction executives should be aware of potential spear phishing attacks when receiving emails. CIO magazine said these messages act as emails from a trusted source, but may contain links for downloading malicious software and are a common method hackers use to gain access to a virtual infrastructure.
According to research from security-as-a-service provider Proofprint, 58 percent of IT professionals that recently attended two major IT security conferences said their company was the target of a phishing attack, and 56 percent believe their organization was sought out by hackers for another type of advanced persistent threat. With these threats looming large, IT professionals at construction firms must keep their company on high alert.
"These figures underline the fact that data theft continues to be a huge problem, and that the organizations that perpetrate crimes involving data are becoming more and more sophisticated," said Gary Steele, CEO, Proofpoint. "The corollary is that more sophisticated defenses are needed."
Construction companies, whether they are storing data in the cloud or on their own in-house servers, must be sure all employees using their network are trained on best practices for defending against a phishing attacks. One malicious link that is accidentally clicked could lead to world of problems at a construction firm. A IT infrastructure under attacks could lead to a data breach that could be potentially devastating.