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New guidance has been released by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) which will help  construction SMEs protect themselves against online threats.

The construction industry often finds itself subject to cyber-attacks due to the sensitive nature of data that they hold, and this is the first ever guidance specifically developed /for the sector. The NCSC advises firms that cyber security measures are as vital as wearing a hard hat on site.

The new Cyber Security for Construction Businesses guide from the NCSC – a part of GCHQ – provides tailored, practical advice for the industry on how to protect their businesses and building projects.

The guidance is aimed at small and medium-sized firms as businesses begin to adopt more digital tools and ways of working, such as using 3D modelling packages, GPS equipment and business management software.

The guide offers practical advice for each stage of construction, from design to handover, and sets out the common cyber threats the industry faces, including from spear-phishing, ransomware and supply chain attacks.

Sarah Lyons, NCSC Deputy Director for Economy and Society Engagement, said: “As construction firms adopt more digital ways of working, it’s vital to put protective measures in place to stay safe online – in the same way you’d wear a hard hat on site.

“That’s why we’ve launched the new Cyber Security for Construction Businesses guide to advise small and medium-sized businesses on how to keep their projects, data and devices secure.

“By following the recommended steps, businesses can significantly reduce their chances of falling victim to a cyber-attack and build strong foundations for their overall resilience.”

The guide has been launched in partnership with the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB). Caroline Gumble, Chief Executive of the Chartered Institute of Building, said: “The consequences of poor cyber security should not be underestimated. They can have a devastating impact on financial margins, the construction programme, business reputation, supply chain relationships, the built asset itself and, worst of all, people’s health and wellbeing. As such, managing data and digital communications channels is more important than ever.”

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