Southeast Asia’s construction, engineering and infrastructure industries are experiencing greater demand as a result of population growth and urbanization. And like many oher sectors, the construction, engineering and infrastructure industries continue to be impacted by cyber crime. According to management consulting company Gartner, attacks on organizations in critical infrastructure sectors have risen dramatically, from less than 10 in 2013 to almost 400 in 2020.
Therefore, BSA | The Software Alliance launches A Cyber Security Survival Guide for Construction, Engineering and Infrastructure Businesses in Southeast Asia. This Survival Guide is designed to help leaders in the industry recognize and minimize the threats faced by their business, clients, employees, and, ultimately, the public.
BSA Senior Director Tarun Sawney said no country or organization in the ASEAN region is spared the threat of fast-evolving cybercrime. Given their positions among the fastest-growing digital economies in the world, ASEAN member countries have become a prime target for cyberattacks.
The survival guide describes four different types of cybercriminals:
1. Unethical Competitors: when the stakes are high for major projects, it’s not unheard of for a competitor to seek an edge by gaining access to confidential data through cyber intrusion.
2. Online Criminals Seeking Financial Gain: construction, engineering and infrastructure firms can lose vast amounts of money through a well-executed phishing attack.
3. Hacktivists: hacktivists can use cyber intrusion to expose or discredit your businesses activities.
4. Malicious Insiders: a disgruntled employee who uses their access to business data or networks to conduct malicious activity, such as stealing sensitive information to share with competitors.
The survival guide also offers recommended practices for leaders to protect their businesses from cyber crime. Leaders should consider engaging and training staff about how to stay safe, ensuring all software is licensed, following advice and guidance for IT staff, keeping your IT equipment up to date, being precautious when connecting to public Wi-Fi hotspots, avoiding predictable passwords, using 2FA for important accounts, collaborating with suppliers and partners.
The e-book, entitled “A cyber security survival guide for construction, engineering and infrastructure businesses in South-East Asia” is available in English, Bahasa, and Thai languages. The e-book can be donwloaded for free [LINK].
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