Work Smarter: Eliminate Inefficiencies in Construction with Big Data
According to a 2017 survey by KPMG International, construction companies are optimistic about the role technology will play in their progress. In fact, 63 percent of chief information officers acknowledge the opportunities therein. Unfortunately, a majority of respondents — 57 percent — described their own technology as lagging behind the adoption curve; meanwhile, a paltry 5 percent consider their organizations to be "cutting edge."
IT adoption in construction is hampered by a few industry-specific considerations. The major concern is a highly distributed employee structure, which creates mobile security vulnerabilities, raises challenges for remote connectivity, and file version control. Most construction companies have one or more centralized offices, but their employees are spread across project sites. This distribution can make it difficult to sustain certain IT standards, such as ensuring consistent patch management across devices and workstations.
A technological revolution will make its way throughout the construction industry as robotics, drones, and powerful data continue to improve design and project management. 72% of KPMG respondents feel that technology plays a prominent role in their strategic plan. As technology continues to advance, especially in the construction industry, user data may be at risk without necessary protective measures. Ensuring that your organization's cybersecurity and regulatory compliance standards are met will help protect your employees as the industry continues to evolve.
As a construction company operating domestically, you're contending with a number of states and job-specific regulatory frameworks. In order to best meet these requirements, we recommend these essential security tools for our clients in the construction industry:
- DNS Firewall
- Managed Security
- Managed Email Security
- Multi-factor Authentication
- End Point Detection and Response
Now, more than ever, take the time to review your cybersecurity and compliance posture. For more information about implementing any of these solutions, or leveraging big data tools, for your construction business, reach out to iCorps for a free IT consultation.
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