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Cyber Threats to the Construction Industry

What are the main threats and issues facing the industry?

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The construction industry faces a number of threats, from fraud to nation state actors. Like all industries, online fraudsters are targeting the construction industry for so called "CEO Fraud" where the fraudster pretends to be the CEO and requests the finance department transfer money to an account they control.

At the higher skilled end of the scale, nation states also take interest in the construction industry as they possess data of use to foreign companies and governments. Tender information can help a foreign competitor craft their bid to win a tender. Information on the buildings being constructed can also be of use to a nation state where those buildings might be used for sensitive operations. One such example was in 2013, when hackers believed to be working for China targeted a construction company to steal plans for the new headquarters of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation, Australia's domestic intelligence service.

Furthermore, buildings themselves can be targets for cyber attack. Building management systems are often ignored from a security perspective. For example, in 2011 the US Chamber of Commerce was compromised with attackers even gaining control of thermostats.

MWR finds that the construction industry has historically under invested in security and as a sector is far worse prepared than sectors such as defence or finance. As such, the UK recently mandated that all contractors on government projects must comply with Cyber Essentials, a baseline of security best practice. However, Cyber Essentials is literally only the essentials and so to stand a chance against more advanced threats, organisations must go beyond Security Essentials and have a security strategy that encompasses their entire business.

 

 

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