Many construction companies are moving to the cloud, but is the data in the cloud secure? This is a question many IT professionals ask themselves, and is being addressed more often lately.

For example, according to a recent report, more construction companies are allowing data in the cloud yet only 36.9% of companies have cloud security policies in place to protect that data. Even fewer companies are able to integrate any of their data across independent cloud solutions.

The report, published by JBKnowledge, www.jbknowledge.com, Bryan, Texas, in partnership with the Construction Financial Management Assn., www.cfma.org, Princeton, N.J., and the Construction Science Dept. of Texas A&M University, www.tamu.edu, College Station, Texas, reveals the results from a survey of roughly 1,028 construction industry professionals.

The report details how company size and revenue affects IT resources. For example, the likelihood of a construction company having an IT department drops by 50% when the company has less than 200 employees or less than $200 million in sales volume. In addition, the average IT budget allocation in construction is lower than any other industry.

The question of cybersecurity is one that has been addressed in-depth lately. As another example, 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.

When breaches and other types of cyberattacks occur, consumers and businesses stand to lose a lot. Next week, 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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