Cybersecurity expert: All construction data is an asset and should be protected

Construction Dive | February 27, 2020

A recent ransomware attack on Canadian contractor Bird Construction has once again highlighted the need for cybersecurity measures in the industry. Canadian media reports late last month said that the Ontario-based government contracting company was the victim of an incident that resulted in the encryption of company files. The incident caused no major impacts and the affected files were quickly restored, a company spokesperson said. Nevertheless, the issue raised red flags about national security interests because the contractor is a provider of construction services for major federal and provincial projects including defense facilities and police stations. In the U.S., the Department of Defense launched a Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program in January to help ensure contractors on government projects have the necessary cybersecurity practices in place to protect the controlled unclassified information to which they are privy.

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RMA’s Aggressive Growth Strategy Continues, Acquires C Below

RMA Group | January 18, 2023

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Offsight and Procore Partner to Offer Factory to Jobsite Project Visibility

Procore Technologies | January 05, 2023

Offsight, a premier project management software provider, has partnered with leading construction management solutions developer, Procore Technologies. The integration narrows the visibility gap in the construction value chain between job sites and offshore building product manufacturers. Industry experts believe factories will experience rapid growth by moving offsite with building materials manufacturers. Modular, panelized, and prefabricated products worth hundreds of billions of dollars are moving through the construction value chain from offsite factories to job sites. As construction projects grow increasingly complex, offering project stakeholders factory-level visibility will successfully complete projects on schedule. As a result of the integration, Offsight will be available on the Procore App Marketplace as an embedded experience within a Procore account. This will enable Procore customers, such as general contractors and project owners, to securely access Offsight to check project delivery status and quality reporting on construction materials, as they are made at their partner's factory site. About Procore Headquartered in Carpinteria, California, Procore Technologies, Inc. is a leading global provider of cloud-based construction software. Its award-winning suite of project management tools has helped hundreds of thousands of firms manage all kinds of construction projects, drastically increasing project efficiency and accountability by streamlining and mobilizing project communications and documentation. In addition, it uses real-time data and accessibility, helping minimize costly risks and delays—ultimately boosting profits.

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TPM Achieves Autodesk Elite Construction Partner Status

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