Free Webinar: CyberSecurity for Construction

Date:  July 21, 2021

9:00 to 10:30 a.m. Central

hackerConstruction Cybercrime Is on the Rise

When it comes to massive, national headlines about data breaches, technology companies like Amazon and industries like retail, healthcare, and even energy are most frequently targeted. And this makes sense, considering the massive amounts of sensitive user data they store.

In recent years, however, there has been a proven rise in cybercrime targeting the construction industry, constructed facilities, and operating companies. The startling ransomware attacks at an Ontario-based construction firm and Colonial Pipeline illustrate how the construction industry is not immune to data breaches and cybercrime. The industry is complex, with multiple organizations and stakeholders with technology touch points in different spaces in the construction industry. These areas include technology, engineering, procurement, construction, commissioning, operations, and maintenance of the constructed facilities.

So why are this industry and its projects attractive for intrusion?

The projects are fairly complex, important for the business of owner or operators, driven by tight cost and schedule considerations, and most support essential infrastructure operations.

This panel, composed of experts and practitioners in the area, is put together by the CII Technology & Innovation Committee to address some of the questions that will explore a number of cybersecurity considerations that construction companies should take into account to ensure business continuity. These questions include:

  • What types of technologies are currently considered to prevent cyber-attacks?
  • What technologies are available to detect intrusions if they happen, and quickly?
  • What tools are available to remedy if an intrusion happens?
  • What do companies need to do to limit security breaches?
  • What processes do the companies need to do to rapidly commence business operations?
     
John Hale   
 
John Hale
Chairperson and Professor of Computer Science
Tandy Endowed Chair in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
University of Tulsa

 
Coila LaFleur   
 
Coila F. LaFleur
Enterprise Architect – Global Projects
ExxonMobil Technical Computing Company
Robert McClellan   
 
Robert McClellan
Principal Security Consultant
Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc.
James Neidich   
 
James Neidich
Cybersecurity Services Director
Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc.
Katie Pehrson  
 
Katie Pehrson
Manager, Industrial Control Systems Cybersecurity Lab
Bechtel Group, Inc.
Rob Scott 
 
Rob Scott
Senior Project Manager
Cybersecurity Business Manager
Bechtel Group, Inc.
Hosted by
Rama Challa   
 
Rama Challa
PDM Project Director
Matrix PDM
Moderated by
John Palmer   
 
John Palmer
Associate Director for Technology                
CII