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Secure Your Data
Companies Must Learn to Protect their
Networks from Cyber Intrusions
By Michael Fickes
Has your IT network been hacked yet?
Depending on how you protect yourself, it
may just be a matter of time.
Not long ago, a Connecticut construction company suffered a massive denial of
service (DOS) attack mounted by hackers
based in China. "The hackers were scanning
users logged onto the Internet through a
certain broadband provider," says Jon Platt,
president of the Wilderness Systems Group
in Milldale, Conn. "They were looking for
networks to penetrate in a Connecticut city."
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A DOS attack is one that sends thousands
of files that overwhelm a company's servers, effectively shutting them down. Other
attacks begin with aggressive scans of a
company's outside interface. The goal is
to find and penetrate a hole in the firewall.
The construction company was indirectly
but still seriously affected by the attack,
continues Platt, whose company provides
network security services for companies.
"No one could get out onto the Internet and
remote sites couldn't get in," he says. "To
stop the attack, we had to ask the company's
broadband provider to block all incoming
traffic from seven IPs located in three cities
in China. The provider at first refused, citing
the open commerce nature of the Internet.
This was a brutal, unrelenting attack, however, and there were no alternatives. The
broadband provider ultimately cooperated,
and the attackers did not penetrate the customer's network."
According to the FBI's cybersecurity website, computer intrusions by cyber criminals
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of CONNstruction - Fall 2015
Striking the Right Technological Balance
Eyes Over the Project: Drones in Construction
Connecticut Moves to Modernize Technology
Technology Drives Lean, Adds Value to Projects
Machine-Controlled Equipment Improves Jobsite Performance
Secure Your Data
Intelligent Communication in Transportation
Is Your Construction Software Technology Up to Speed?
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