This Is What Happens When Cyber Criminals Succeed

When forecasting the next five years, cybersecurity specialists produced some bleak statistics. Cybercrime is on the rise, and it is not showing any signs of slowing down. With cybersecurity technology struggling to keep up with high-tech crimes, the industry is bracing for what is to come. The following are the top predictions for cybersecurity in the near future.

When Cybercrime Pays

Experts believe cybercrime expenses will skyrocket to $6 trillion per year by 2021, doubling the damages reported in 2015. To put this number into perspective, cyber criminals will make more money than the entire worldwide trade of all major illegal drugs put together. This number is not the prediction of one fearmongering individual, either. The cybersecurity community at large agrees that significant damages are imminent.

Cybersecurity Jobs Vacancies

Part of the ongoing problem with cybercrime is the lack of cybersecurity specialists. Experts predict this problem will not only continue but proliferate as well. In fact, the cybersecurity workforce shortage will triple, leaving 3.5 million jobs unfilled. Because of this shortage of skilled personnel, businesses are turning to their existing IT employees to bridge the gap. Employers are recruiting anyone who works in IT or deals with technology (e.g. app developers) to defend sensitive data, programs, devices, and more.

Blood is Thicker than Silicon

The percentage of the human population connected to the internet is growing at a rapid rate. In 2015, there were 2 billion internet users; that number is now up to 3.8 billion. That is just over half of the entire world population. By 2022, experts expect that number to increase to 75%. This is significant because cyber criminals are shifting their gaze from machines to humans.

Businesses employ a variety of tactics to contend with cyber criminals, but it is not always clear which methods are the most effective. Understanding your business’ specific risks and applying cybersecurity measures is difficult, but The Reilly Company can help. We pride ourselves on uncovering cyber liability risks and implementing solutions to resolve them. To learn more, contact us today.

Why You Need to Know All 6 Vehicle Autonomy Levels

The race is on to create the best driverless car, but not many people know there are varying degrees of vehicle autonomy. While most think of autonomous vehicles as futuristic and 100% hands-free, the reality is a little different. It is important to note that an autonomy level does not describe the vehicle but the system. For example, a driving system rated at level 5 could be inside a vehicle with a steering wheel or without one. In short, this means the individual cannot always discern a vehicle’s autonomy level just by looking at it.

Autonomy Levels Explained

There are six levels to define a vehicle’s relative autonomy, ranging from 0 to 5.

Level 0: Non-Automated

As the name implies, there is no automation to level 0 vehicles. A human driver controls all aspects of the vehicle including steering, braking, accelerating, and navigating traffic.

Level 1: Driver Assistance

A level 1 automated car can perform one of two automated functions, but not at the same time: steering or adjusting vehicle speed. The driver must also re-engage should the automated system not react as expected. Otherwise, the driver is responsible for all other functions in the vehicle. The most common example of this is adaptive cruise control.

Level 2: Partial Automation

Vehicles with a level 2 driving system can perform both steering and speed adjustment. Such vehicles are able to center themselves in traffic lanes and adjust their speed as necessary. Unlike level 1 vehicles, drivers operating a level 2 system can have their hands and feet off the wheel and pedals at the same time. However, the driver must remain alert and ready to retake control of the vehicle.

Level 3: Conditional Automation

Level 3 driving systems mark the beginning of what the average driver considers an autonomous vehicle. In most conditions, vehicles with level 3 automation can manage almost all driving functions, including monitoring its surroundings. However, it cannot navigate every situation, and the system will alert the driver when he or she needs to take over to handle it. It is for this reason that drivers of level 3 autonomous vehicles must remain alert at all times. Otherwise, they will not have enough time to react should the vehicle require them to take back control.

Level 4: High Automation

This is the first level of automation that does not require a human to be on standby. However, such vehicles can only operate under specific conditions. For example, a level 4 vehicle will require a driver to operate it on unmapped roads or in extreme weather. Otherwise, it can perform all functions when on a highway in decent weather.

Level 5: Full Automation

In theory, a level 5 system could operate a vehicle on any road and under any conditions that a human could. The only step the passenger would need to perform would be to key in a final destination.

Drivers need to understand the difference in automation to be aware of how involved they should be. The jump from level 3 to level 4 is significant, but not all drivers realize this. A level 3 vehicle can lull drivers into a false sense of security. Drivers may let their mind wander and fail to remain alert enough to react if/when the vehicle alerts them to a condition it cannot perform. To stay up to date with the latest vehicular technological advancements, contact the experts at The Reilly Company.

Are Your Construction Workers Prepared for an Emergency?

Most individuals perform their morning routines without much thought. They do not have to wake up and remind themselves to brush their teeth, brew their coffee, and grab their lunch out of the refrigerator. They have ingrained these habits to the point where they become automatic. The same is true for construction workers on job sites. For example, they are likely to take the same route from their tools to where they are working. They likely do so because it is the most efficient way to do their job. Unfortunately, it may not be the most expedient path to evacuate during an emergency.

This is why site supervisors need to train construction staff on what to do and how to respond during an emergency. This is especially true for construction sites that shift layouts often to work on new phases of a project. The following are several elements to include in emergency response plans.

  1. Ensure all workers know the site layout. This includes all buildings as well as the location of emergency equipment and emergency exits. Site supervisors should make sure to post maps detailing this information in several locations throughout the job site. These maps should include highlighted routes to the nearest exit as well.
  2. Make sure workers know where to find emergency phone numbers. The roster should include phone numbers for the police, the fire department, medical emergency personnel, OSHA, insurance providers, the Coast Guard, and so on.
  3. Assign duties to specific workers in the event of an emergency. For example, certain workers should be responsible for phoning the correct emergency services to reduce chaos and prevent unnecessary injuries.
  4. Practice, practice, practice. No emergency procedure will go off without a hitch if the workers never practice it. Site supervisors should hold drills to practice what to do in the event of an emergency. They should also hold frequent safety briefings to review emergency procedures.

Accidents and emergencies happen despite the most careful planning. Even so, construction companies cannot afford to neglect emergency preparation. Doing so can result in pandemonium and excessive injuries. It can also cause insurance costs and workers’ compensation expenses to spiral out of control. To learn more about improving safety on construction sites, contact the experts at The Reilly Company.

5 Tips to Avoid Becoming a Cyber Scam Victim

Cybersecurity experts put a lot of emphasis on creating unique, strong passwords for sensitive accounts. However, keeping your business data safe goes far beyond distinctive passwords. Even when staff members deploy seemingly unbreakable passwords, they still fall victim to cyber crimes. That is why, in addition to using impenetrable passwords, employees need to take measures to avoid becoming a victim.

Many people fall for cyber scams because they lack basic cybersecurity knowledge. By arming themselves with the following information, individuals can thwart cyber criminals.

  1. Banks and financial institutions will never call businesses and ask for an account pin or password over the phone.
  2. Much like the above, these entities will never send an email asking for passwords or instructing individuals to reset their passwords. These are phishing scams designed to learn login information and break into accounts.
  3. Banks and companies never send employees to private residences to gather credit card or bank account information. They will also never direct account holders to relocate funds to a new account for fraud prevention.
  4. Just because a caller sounds legitimate over the phone does not mean they are. The caller may know intimate details about a company or executive, but many of these private details are available on several websites. Cybercriminals will take the time to learn as much as possible about a lucrative target. Remember, if the caller starts asking for sensitive account data, they are more than likely a scammer.
  5. A solid cybersecurity insurance policy can help companies recover from a successful breach. Even with solid passwords and cybercrime prevention, hackers sometimes gain access. If this happens, businesses will need quality coverage to recoup losses and restore their reputation.

No business is safe from cyber criminals. The Reilly Company understands the pervasive cyber threats facing businesses. With our expertise, we can help your company protect itself from breaches and cyber fraud. To learn more about cyber protection for your business, contact us today.