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Mitigating Online Risk with Robust Cyber Security Systems

By 22nd March 2021Announcements

3D Repo has been transforming how construction projects are designed and delivered for almost a decade.

This has been achieved through a combination of democratising data, mitigating risk and reducing complexity for architects, engineers and contractors.

Given the digital era in which we now live and the mass move to remote working, triggered by the Coronavirus pandemic, mitigating risk, particularly online risk, has become increasingly important.

Damaging information leaks

According to a survey of construction, engineering and infrastructure workers carried out as part of the 2019/20 Kroll Global Fraud and Risk Report, 45% of construction industry companies have been hit by damaging internal information leaks. In comparison, 39% of non-construction companies were impacted by the issue over the last year.

While the risk of cyber-attacks is widespread and rapidly-evolving, there are proactive measures organisations can take to help prevent their valuable data, documents and many other online resources from becoming compromised.

Cyber Essentials security

One of these measures involves making sure their platforms and systems are focused on providing robust levels of information security now, and into the future.

The security of our industry-leading products including our cloud-based BIM platform 3D Repo, online planning tool PlanBase and file-sharing service 3D Send has been demonstrated and reinforced by the fact we have achieved the Cyber Essentials Certificate of Assurance.

What is Cyber Essentials?

Cyber Essentials is a Government-backed scheme that is specifically designed to help organisations of all sizes protect themselves against the most common cyber-attacks.

Achieved via self-assessment and backed up by external audits, the certification is not just essential in providing an extra level of cybersecurity, it can also potentially enable organisations to protect themselves from experiencing cyber-attacks on a much wider scale.

By warding off the most common online risks, which Cyber Essentials is geared up to do, organisations are less likely to attract more in-depth unwanted attention from cyber criminals and wider similar threats.

What did we have to do to achieve it?

In order to obtain Cyber Essentials status, we had to demonstrate that our controls are 100% cyber-secure. Our current systems and ways of working were put to the test in the following five areas:

  1. Firewalls
  2. Secure configuration
  3. User access control
  4. Malware protection
  5. Patch management

Given the fact cybersecurity is one of our main priorities and we are continuously reviewing and refining our systems and processes to ensure they are as robust as they possibly can be, we passed all of these five areas with flying colours.

What does this Cyber Essentials certification mean for our customers?

Having the Cyber Essentials certification to add to our list of existing industry-leading credentials demonstrates just how committed we are to helping our customers safeguard their IT infrastructure from what is, unfortunately, becoming an increasingly widespread issue.

Moreover, many government procurement projects now mandate that all suppliers have Cyber Essentials certification in place, so for our customers working within this space, our accreditation is essential.

Our 3D Repo platform was also one of the first BIM platforms to become ISO 9001 and ISO 27001 certified when we achieved certification through BSI in 2019. ISO international standards give consumers confidence that those products are safe, reliable and of good quality. Achieving the Cyber Essentials Certificate of Assurance further demonstrates our on-going commitment to data security.

For more information about our Cyber Essentials status or to find out how working with 3D Repo can help you to keep your data secure, complete this short form and one of our experts will be in touch with you soon.

In the meantime, for more insight on our approach to keeping sensitive client data safe and secure read, ‘Data Residency & Security at 3D Repo.’

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