Security professionals must be conscious of abandoned USB drives
March 19, 2013
Construction companies investing in new technologies can't afford to suffer from cybercriminals and dangerous malware, which is why they need to make sure all staff members are using the top security practices.
Safety needs to be a higher concern
While innovations such as cloud-based software can make constriction business more productive, if companies fail to protect their virtual infrastructure, they could experience setbacks that can cost them thousands of dollars and many lost customers. Recent research from IT security vendor AhnLad found 78 percent of IT security professionals have admitted to putting USB flash drives into devices that were either found abandoned or lying around.
"I am utterly shocked at these figures, in particular, the 78 percent number," said Brian Laing, vice president of marketing and business development at AhnLab in Santa Clara. "For example, Stuxnet, one of the world's most sophisticated cyberattacks, gained access to its target system through a 'found' USB drive. The creators of the malware left infected USB drives near a uranium enrichment facility and someone picked it up and inserted into their PC."
The result of the above example was the facility suffering from the malware, causing the business to recover from data breach and cybercrime. Being as careless as plugging in an unknown USB drive is a dangerous activity that should never be done by any member of a construction company. It's important all employees are reminded to keep the security of the firm in the front of their minds.
Companies must set rules in place
Many security professionals are aware of outside threats, but don't take the necessary means to protect themselves and their firms against them. According to the research, 68 percent of respondents have been a victim of cybercrime in the past. By administering rules to keep the business secure, companies are able to stay safe from any type of cyberthreat.
"I urge IT security professionals to begin practicing what they preach," said Laing. "This 'it won't happen to me' attitude doesn't wash. It really does come down to the old mantra of combining people, process and technology - if you can get all three elements right, you are on track to a safe and secure environment. "