Why construction companies should encrypt their data…

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Why construction companies should encrypt their data…

Construction companies hold a lot of important, confidential and personal data concerning projects, contractors, clients and employees. It is important that this data is kept safe, as the ramifications of a data breach can have far reaching consequences for all involved.

With the enforcement of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), data protection is more important now than ever. The GDPR has replaced the  Data Protection Act (1998) from 25th May 2018, providing individuals with more rights about how their data is handled. It also brings alleviated fines, with a maximum penalty of €20 million or 4% of global annual turnover (whichever is higher). To avoid these fines businesses must comply with the legislation and take appropriate organisational and technical measures to protect the rights and freedoms of individuals.

Encryption is a must for remote workers…

Recent years have seen an increase in the use of mobile devices and remote working practices across the construction industry, streamlining operations across sites and boosting productivity. However, with the mobile devices being accessible outside of the office, there is the increased risk of data being accessed by unauthorised people if devices are lost or stolen.

The risk of a data breach is greatly reduced if devices are encrypted as the data is rendered useless, should it end up in the hands of the wrong people. It works by encoding information so that only the device or person with the key is able to decode and access the data.

Encryption brings peace of mind to construction companies, minimising the risk of data breaches by increasing security protocol measures in the business at a reasonable cost. In addition, it demonstrates efforts towards legislative compliance and helps to prevent situations that may otherwise damage business revenue and reputation.

Eventura have years of experience in working with companies in the construction industry, providing a range of technology solutions. Our partnership with MFG means that we can offer certified managed encryption services to our customers. If you would like to discuss the possibility of implementing encryption in your business, contact our team.

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