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Managing Cyber Threats

It can happen to anyone. An event on a system or network detected by a security device or application: malicious activity that is attempting to collect, disrupt, deny, degrade or destroy information system resources or the information itself. As an architect, if you don’t think you need cyber protection or don’t believe someone would want to hack into your system, you may already be in trouble.

It’s tempting to think that since you are an architectural firm and not part of one of the most frequently attacked industries that transact business online, you may not have much to worry about. Unfortunately, that thinking is dangerous.

Design firms of all sizes in all segments are at risk and are being attacked. For example, a prominent design firm in Seattle was held up by ransomware. An architectural firm in (where) was tricked into sending their insurance premium to a hacker. Another architecture firm suffered a loss of more than $500,000 in billable hours after two ransomware attacks rendered the firm’s files unusable for days until the data was restored.

Attackers are typically interested in finding the path of least resistance and simply failing to keep up with necessary security software patches and consistently updating your systems could become the opportunity for bad actors to infect your system. The AIA Trust has just published an Architect’s Guide to Managing Cyber Threats because it’s vitally important for you to understand this growing threat—and take the 10 steps outlined that your firm can implement now to protect your future.

Read the Architect’s Guide to Managing Cyber Threats and find out more about this growing threat along with the 10 steps your firm can implement now to protect your future.




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