Information Technology Information
Engaging a specialized Managed Information Technology Service Provider makes owning a construction company less risky, more apt to progress, and further heightens the profitability factor.
Unless you’re a construction contractor involved with government contracts, you’re not likely required to meet any state or federal standard of risk management when it comes to IT. Yet, meeting specific safeguard standards makes sense with or without governmental mandates.
IT’s About the (you’ve got to be kidding me) Hassle
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) produced a Risk Management Guide. It is 55 pages long. I wimped out after skimming the first few pages and looking at the Table of Contents.
Let’s face it, figuring out the language of IT is more than some of us can manage. Figuring out the techniques and strategies involved – let’s just say that is best left in the hands of the people who already understand the language.
Suppose it is true that risk management is the process of identifying risk, assessing risk, and taking steps to reduce risk to an acceptable level. In that case, it is also true that finding an entity with the correct set of IT risk evaluation tools is paramount.
IT’s About the (oh no) Headache
Although many industries, such as retailers, health care providers, and financial institutions, have taken steps toward protecting from or managing cyber risk, the same can’t be said for those in the construction industry.
Only a few contractors have thought through the spectrum of risks involved with cyber vulnerabilities. From identifying them to the step-by-step process of quantifying them and the plans for mitigating them, many contractors are left without a resource or a recourse.
You already know or are becoming familiar with construction-related tech:
Building Information Modeling (BIM)
Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
Integrated Project Delivery (IPD)
Software as a Service (SaaS)
Aligning with a talented tech support team will help you avoid becoming familiar with:
Other cyber attacks
Bottom line. Think in terms of dealing with a terribly inconvenient day versus managing a major disaster.
IT’s About the (yes, please) of Prepared Calmness
Specialized IT providers bring the information and provide services which might include:
Assessing the risks
Dealing with security protocol
Identifying a breach
Addressing organizational challenges
Supporting business objectives
Carrying out duties concerning updated networks and apps
Handling issues regarding ongoing and evolving risk management processes
As it is in many other areas of life and business, it is better to be proactive rather than reactive.
Perhaps the biggest asset of outsourcing IT is that a good construction IT specialist takes much of the research, adoption, implementation, and management off your plate. Done well, the relationship between a construction company owner and the IT specialist is like traveling to a foreign land with your best friend who speaks the language fluently.
IT’s About (sure, why not) Learning More
In the most recent Construction Junction podcast, Tonya interviews Andrew Lassise, founder and CEO of Rush Tech Support. Also, a Rush Tech Support user Monique Swansen, founder and CEO of Automated Accounting Services, joins the fun. Check it out to get a better understanding of IT support.
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