With the recent revelations about the theft of customer data from The Home Depot, rarely has the threat of cybercrime reached so close to materials dealers and distributors. This threat also is causing a dilemma for dealers, because it comes at a time in which dealers increasingly are getting rid of their hardware and moving their data into cloud computing systems and virtual private networks.

Will cyberattacks slow this trend? REMODELING's sister publication for lumber and materials dealers, PROSALES, looks at the continuing growth of cloud computing and the increasing awareness of the need for security. Read more