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White paper on cyber-security

29 November 2017

Urgent Technology, a global facilities maintenance and asset management software provider, has launched ‘Cyber-threat and the FM solution’, a white paper exploring the threats posed by cyber-security breaches.

Cases of cyber-attacks and corporate espionage are on the rise, with notable high-profile breaches, including a cyber-breach of the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) earlier this year, which froze computers within hospitals throughout the UK.

The Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2017 found that despite 46% of all UK businesses experiencing at least one cyber-security breach or attack in the previous 12 months, rising to 66% among medium-sized firms (66%) and 68% for large firms, a sizable proportion of businesses still did not have basic protection or had not formalised their approaches to cyber-security. Two thirds of businesses do not have specific board members responsible for this area. In addition, only 20% of businesses have had staff attend any form of cyber-security training in the last 12 months, and just a third have a formal policy in place.

Cyber-hacking is no longer the sole concern of the IT department; it is an assault on the entire organisation, from the C-Suite, to human resources (HR) and facilities management (FM). As the lynchpin behind the maintenance of a building’s operational integrity, today’s FM plays an important role in protecting systems against hackers as well as meeting the latest regulatory standards.

Jesse Klebba, Urgent Technology CEO, said: “FMs and their organisations face significant challenges in the future in combating the cyber-threats posed by the convergence of physical assets within a building with data. This is why a wide-ranging and proactive approach should be taken to ensure that the FM can reap the undoubted benefits of workplace digitisation, while ensuring that facilities are not open to undue risks. In the future, FM and IT must always remain alert to the latest cyber-threats, and must work together with their software supply chain to help reduce the likelihood of data breaches.”

To download the ‘Cyber-threat and the FM solution’ white paper for free, please visit: https://urgtech.com/cyber-threat-whitepaper/