Construction and Cyber Threats: Risks From Reliance on Technology for Planning, Design, and Operation
Cyber Insurance and Surety Bonds, Damages From Down Time, Breach of IP and Bid Data, Workforce Injuries, and Property Claims
A live 90-minute CLE video webinar with interactive Q&A
This CLE course will advise construction counsel about the growing risks of cyberattacks in the construction industry, spotlighting the recent ransomware attacks on Bird Construction and other construction companies. The panel will discuss how to recognize, address, and attempt to ward off cyber threats from ransomware and beyond. The panel will also guide counsel on the proper insurance coverage related to cyber risks, ways to identify strategies for protecting against those risks in construction contracts, and offer best practices for handling cyber claims.
- Recent cyber risk to construction companies
- Why construction companies are at a higher risk for attack
- Types of cyberattacks, including ransomware, denial of service attacks, and malware
- Recent cyberattacks on construction companies, including how and why the attacks occurred
- Results of cyberattacks on a construction business, including breach of data security, down time, delays to the project, and loss of resources
- Risk management techniques to attempt to avoid a cyberattack, including the use of employee training and the use of advanced planning and technology
- Use of cyber insurance to address the often-devastating effects of cyberattacks
The panel will address these and other relevant issues:
- Why construction companies have become viable targets for cyberattacks
- How counsel can help ensure employees receive appropriate training and information about cybersecurity and the various ways to attempt to avoid cyberattacks
- Are mechanisms in place, such as multi-factor authentication and other risk management technology, to mitigate the exposure when employees make mistakes?
- Do web applications, which have back-end access to some of the most sensitive data, have appropriate forward-facing defenses in front of them, blocking common web application security threats?
- Does the company have the appropriate skills, planning, and procedures in-house to secure modern web applications properly? When is a consultant necessary?
Brian J. Pezzillo
Howard & Howard Attorneys
Mr. Pezzillo advises clients on compliance matters regarding data privacy regulations, including the European... | Read More
Mr. Pezzillo advises clients on compliance matters regarding data privacy regulations, including the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), and data breach requirements created by various states, as well as the drafting of privacy notices. He advises and represents clients involved in the construction industry regarding contract formation, payment issues, bid protests, mechanic's lien claims, and bond claims. Mr. Pezzillo has represented owners/developers, general and subcontractors, and suppliers in all facets of construction.Close
Richard R. Volack
Peckar & Abramson
Mr. Volack’s practice encompasses dispute resolution through mediation, arbitration and, when necessary,... | Read More
Mr. Volack’s practice encompasses dispute resolution through mediation, arbitration and, when necessary, litigation. He also counsels clients on litigation avoidance practices, risk management, project planning and contract negotiation in relation to construction projects, both in both domestic and international settings. Mr. Volack is a frequent lecturer on construction insurance, risk management, the New York Mechanic’s Lien Law, e-discovery and electronically stored information issues as they relate to construction litigation. He is the past chairman and past secretary of the Construction Law Committee of the New York City Bar Association.Close