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How to build a human firewall from the ground up

As businesses in the residential construction sector embrace new technologies like the cloud, mobile devices and building information modelling software, it’s essential to recognize—and mitigate—the associated risks.

Employee powered security

One way to do this is by strengthening existing frameworks with a “human firewall”—a cyber-aware workforce capable of detecting potential cyber threats. Because most hackers rely on untrained individuals to unknowingly provide access into a company’s systems, a human firewall is a low-cost, effective way for homebuilders to keep their company’s data—and the data of their vendor networks—protected.

Education, testing and governance

 This article offers an overview of the three critical elements of an effective cyber awareness program: education, testing and governance. It explores how—and when—builders should implement such a program and offers suggestions about how to track and measure its effectiveness. It also underlines the important role strong governance plays in making sure awareness training remains effective over time.

 A human firewall is an excellent cybersecurity tool for homebuilders that may have smaller IT budgets, because it focuses on low-cost strategies to deter cyber criminals—such as strengthening passwords company-wide, limiting access to data and the implementation of basic cybersecurity processes.

 This article offers invaluable guidance for construction companies, builders and other organizations looking to increase their cybersecurity focus without dramatically expanding their IT budget. 

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