Currently, the impact of the Russia-Ukraine war is felt across the globe. Supply chain disruptions and
rising gas prices are the clearest examples of the broader impact. However, they aren’t the only issues
those living in the U.S. are experiencing.
As the conflict continued, U.S. government agencies warned that cyberattacks originating from Russia
might become more prevalent. The reason for the uptick is multi-faceted. One aspect is malicious cyber
activities serving as a potential avenue to showcase Russian disapproval of the United State’s position on
the conflict. This includes as a response to sanctions or support to Ukraine, both by state-sanctioned
actors and individuals.
Cyberattacks could also allow those who are financially cut off to secure outside funds, especially
through the use of ransomware. The sanctions and ceasing of certain banking activities created a
significant hardship, one that some groups may attempt to navigate using cryptocurrency, a common
request during ransomware attacks.
Since the risk of malicious cyber activity is growing and may remain high while the conflict continues,
companies should take extra precautions to protect systems and assets. For those looking to shore up
their cybersecurity capabilities, here are some tips.
Update Software Regularly
Most software – including antivirus and antimalware solutions – rely on regular patches and updates to
remain current. Since cyber threats evolve with continuously, companies should ensure that any new
software versions are reviewed and applied as quickly as possible. That way, organizations have the
latest protection against known threats.
Implement Multi-Factor Authentication
Companies need to embrace multi-factor authentication. With that strategy, attackers can’t access
systems with login credentials alone. Instead, a second step – such as a one-time code – is required to
make the connection. That provides additional protection, as attackers would need to gain access to
multiple pieces of information to gain entry.
Validate Remote Access
Similarly, validating remote access is a fundamental way to limit attackers' access to critical business
systems and data. Review all remote access programs to determine if any credentials or permissions
need revoking, limiting services to only those who genuinely require remote connectivity.
Introduce New Cybersecurity Training
Often, people are the weakest link in the broader security equation. Clicking on malicious links by
mistake, providing information through phishing attempts, and similar activities are often the greatest
vulnerabilities companies face and are typically the hardest to protect against.
Companies should release updated cybersecurity training to all employees. Along with reviewing
cybersecurity best practices, provide information regarding new or rising attack vectors that are
occurring in the wider landscape. By ensuring employees are informed, the odds that they’ll take the
right action when an issue occurs increases dramatically.
Report Anomalous Cyber Incidents
If your company experiences an anomalous cybersecurity incident, report the vent to the U.S.
Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). Providing information promptly helps government
agencies track, analyze, and prevent cyberattacks on a grander scale. Plus, the agency may be able to
provide direct support.
Ultimately cybersecurity should always be a top priority. However, with the increased risk, it’s even more
critical. Take extra precautions at every level, ensuring your company can remain safe today and over the
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