Those in the facility maintenance industry should be aware of internet-connected systems at risk of cybersecurity incidents. Potential targets may include security, lighting, HVAC, fire protection, elevator and escalator, industrial control, building management, and building automation systems.
Manufacturing facilities are susceptible to attacks by financially motivated hackers, competitors, and nation-states due to their focus on safety over security, the use of complex systems, disconnected IT and OT, and the false notion that small manufacturers face less risk, thereby necessitating cybersecurity for manufacturing.
Cyberattacks are common within the education sector due to increased remote learning, unsecured devices, and budget constraints, so administrators must take steps to fortify their cybersecurity systems.
To protect clients, strong cybersecurity in the legal field is critical. ABA rules and government legislation require specific safeguards, but hackers have strong motives to target law firms and other related businesses in the industry.
The healthcare industry is a prime target for hackers, especially since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Strong security measures are essential to meet HIPAA requirements and protect patients’ sensitive data, and overall safety.
The financial services sector is subject to unique cybersecurity risks that necessitate careful protections. Regulatory noncompliance, hacks, and insider attacks can be costly, warranting prevention, detection, and response protocols.
Planning ahead, meeting with the right decision-makers, presenting facts and figures, discussing compliance, suggesting a risk assessment, focusing on key talking points, and highlighting the importance of continuous monitoring can help you broach the topic of cybersecurity with your clients.
Agents and consultants should discuss cybersecurity and continuous monitoring with their clients to protect the clients’ interests, keep them aware of potential cybersecurity risks, demonstrate expertise, provide value, and more.