Rising cyber risks amid recent events: Measures you can take to prepare for evolving threats
Sophisticated threats and techniques have been in play for a while, but the Russia-Ukraine conflict is creating an environment of increased risk, and organizations should be on high alert. We’ve already seen sophisticated attacks on organizations of all types, including:
- Malware that enables bad actors to control or gather information from your systems.
- Data-wiping malware that indiscriminately destroys your data.
- Malware that exfiltrates your sensitive information.
- Ransomware and advanced ransomware techniques used to steal your data in addition to locking your networks, which hamstrings your ability to serve your customers.
- Ongoing social engineering of all types to gain information, passwords, and fodder for future cyberattacks.
To put it succinctly, cybersecurity is a business issue, and business leaders can’t afford to assume, or simply hope, their organization won’t fall prey. Remember: The internet wasn’t designed with security in mind. As long as you have an electronic presence, you’re vulnerable.
To put it succinctly, cybersecurity is a business issue, and business leaders can’t afford to assume, or simply hope, their organization won’t fall prey.
What you can do today
Here are actionable steps you can take to reduce your organization’s risk in the wake of increasing cyberattacks:
- Communicate regularly to your users and stakeholders. Advise them of the threats and remind that they are a critical part of mitigating cybersecurity risk.
- Review the status of patches and updates for systems and software.
- Test the health of your most recent backups and stage a test recovery.
- Review your incident response plan. Run a tabletop exercise to test your plan.
- Review alerts from threat detection systems.
- Test and validate the effectiveness of your security controls and systems.
- Contact your cybersecurity vendors for updates and information.
- Get updates from reliable cybersecurity resources such as the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA).
Don’t wait to strengthen your cyber defenses
Every organization can take steps to improve its cybersecurity and limit operational vulnerabilities, especially those created by global turbulence. Start wherever you are to enhance your tools, procedures, and systems. Don’t wait. Those that do, particularly now, risk becoming the “easy target.” Not sure where to begin or how to prioritize? Take the opportunity to reach out to us for guidance — we’re happy to help.