I’ve heard countless stories of conversations between project engineers and IT professionals who can’t come to an agreement on the level of security needed to protect their data while making it more accessible—not only externally, but also internally.
With all the talk today of collaboration and information sharing, conversations are quickly turning from the benefits of the cloud to questions regarding how to address security concerns. Security and tech are pretty hot topics, even outside of the AEC space. It seems you can’t turn on the news without hearing about some sort of security breach.
In the AEC world, large-scale security breaches aren’t as much of a concern as are finding ways to improve information sharing while maintaining accountability. Even as technological advancements are implemented on active projects, allowing more team members to collaborate openly, project contracts still determine the final say in defining roles, responsibilities and, most importantly, liabilities.
What does this mean exactly? Well, as technology is blurring the lines of responsibility on your current project, someone still needs to be held responsible for final sign off.
I’ve heard countless stories of conversations between Project Engineers and IT professionals who can’t come to an agreement on the level of security needed to protect their data while making it more accessible—not only externally, but also internally. In order to help firms find the right balance between collaboration and accountability, many technology solutions offer security options designed to help you find the right fit.
Having been a fly on the wall for many of these conversations, I’ve come up with a list of questions to start the conversation and ultimately help you define your needs.
Are you able to control information sharing with project team members today, both internal and external?
Who do you need input from, and when?
What type of device will the team access information on – laptop, tablet, iPad, smartphone?
How will you track approvals and final sign off?
How will you store your project documents for easy reference by owner/maintenance teams after the project is complete?
This list is just a beginner’s guide to ease into the longer conversation about security. What questions have you asked yourself to better define your collaboration/security needs?
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