THE CONSTRUCTION industry is the second most likely sector to be targeted by cyber fraudsters, according to new research from digital marketing agency, Reboot.
The industry came a close second behind the ‘Pharmaceutical drug manufacturers’ sector, which is targeted 71 times per company, on average, over a three-month period.
Construction businesses suffer an average of 61 attacks per company over a three-month period – unsurprising given that the investigation revealed that 70% of firms use the same password for almost all web services they use on a daily basis.
Cyber criminals use repetitive passwords to their advantage through a technique known as ‘phishing’. The technique enables fraudsters to target victims by taking control of all online accounts – whether it be social media or online banking.
In order to access accounts, phishers deceive the user into thinking they are communicating with a legitimate company in order to steal confidential information and passwords.
In an attempt to help combat online hacking, Reboot have devised five top tips to help companies stay safe and secure online:
Know what to look for
Pay close attention to attachments, advertisements and pop-up alerts, ensuring you only open what you trust. Train users to spot malicious emails and websites by knowing what to look out for.
Avoid unsolicited links and attachments
You should know the sender of an email and trust the source it is coming from. If unsure, go with the assumption that it is best to avoid opening emails from an unknown source/sender altogether. Although a lot of companies employ malware scanning features, this should not be relied on.
Turn off email HTML
Adding HTML can sometimes automatically run malicious software (malware) scripts within an email once it has been opened. For this reason, it may be wise to disable it in order to lower the risk of an attack.
Scan external drives
Many USB and external hard-drives can hold malware and spread across the workplace onto other computers. To be extra vigilant, scan all external devices with anti-virus software each time you connect an external portal to a computer.
Regularly change your password
It is easy to forget to regularly update your passwords or be reluctant to do so in fear of forgetting them. However, for security purposes it is good practice to change your passwords every 90 days.