With all the recent cyber attacks on major corporations, many construction companies might be taking a closer look at data security in 2015.

On the heels of the New Year, AppRiver, www.appriver.com, Gulf Breeze, Fla., a provider of email messaging and Web security solutions, has released its year-end Global Security Report, which summarizes the cybersecurity threats faced in 2014 and analyzes security-related trends. If you aren’t paying attention perhaps now is the time to really take a serious look at your enterprise.

AppRiver says 2014 has been dubbed “The Year of the Breach” thanks to several big-name companies that fell victim to breaches, such as Target, Staples, Home Depot, and several others. Unfortunately, data breaches were not the only cybersecurity issues faced this past year.

From viruses such as Heartbleed, Shellshock, and POODLE to banking Trojans such as Zeus and Citadel, and “Ransomware” such as Cryptolocker, 2014 was full of threats to consumers’ and businesses’ connected devices and sensitive data. Entertainment company Sony Pictures even experienced a cyberattack to its network when hackers gained access to documents and emails and used the breach to send threatening messages.

AppRiver offers a SaaS (software-as-a-service) solution for businesses that are facing increasingly complex IT (information technology) threats in an increasingly connected world. The company says it quarantined 893 million messages containing viruses in attachments this past year, which is nearly double the number from 2013.

Some hope for 2015 and beyond lies in the proposed Personal Data Notification & Protection Act, which will standardize the way companies in the U.S. must react to security breaches. For instance, under the act, companies that suffer a breach will need to notify customers within 30 days of the discovery.

When breaches and other types of cyberattacks occur, consumers and businesses stand to lose a lot. Later this month, the Connected World Conference—held February 23-24 in Birmingham, Ala., in partnership with University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Center for Information Assurance and Joint Forensics Research (The Center)—will bring professionals together to create a call-to-action and develop a take-away security strategy to protect our connections to the nation’s most critical infrastructures.

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