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Most Contractors Unprepared for Cyberattacks

Among AEC firms recently surveyed, 59% say that they have experienced a cybersecurity threat in the last two years,

September 29, 2023

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Construction Dive

Contractors have a looming problem—most of the industry isn’t prepared for a cyberattack, according to a new survey from Dodge Construction Network and content security and management company Egnyte.

Among surveyed AEC firms, 59% say that they have experienced a cybersecurity threat in the last two years, according to a press release. GC’s were the hardest hit—70% have experienced a threat, and 30% have had a ransomware attack since 2021.

Seventy-two percent of architects, engineers and contractors rate themselves as having a moderate or higher degree of preparation for an attack that would cause them to lose access to documents, according to the anonymous survey. Despite this belief in their preparation, however, 77% said they can’t go more than five days without access to their documentation before they experience serious schedule impacts on their projects. That period pales in comparison to the 24-day duration of an average ransomware attack, according to Statista.

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