Waves of cyber attacks were hitting Ukraine last month. Those attacks foreshadowed the full-scale invasion that Russia unleashed on its neighbor on February 24th.
Since then, virtually all western countries have introduced harsh sanctions against Russia, targeting everything from its emergency reserves to key sources of the country’s wealth to oligarchs and Vladimir Putin himself.
While Russia’s retaliatory cyber attacks will almost certainly focus on high-profile targets, such as financial institutions and government agencies, cybersecurity experts expect spillovers to hit even small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs).
That’s why the U.S. Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has issued a warning to all organizations in the United States, entitled Shields Up, recommending them to strengthen their defenses.
Highlighted CISA Recommendations
“CISA recommends all organizations—regardless of size—adopt a heightened posture when it comes to cybersecurity and protecting their most critical assets,” writes the agency, which is part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, on its website.
The agency’s goal is to strengthen our nation’s collective defenses against cyber threats like phishing, distributed denial-of-service (DDoS), ransomware, and other malware, including HermeticWiper and Whispergate, which were recently deployed against organizations in Ukraine to destroy computer systems and render them inoperable.
To protect themselves against these and other threats, CISA provides the following recommendations:
CISA offers free cyber hygiene services to help organizations assess their posture, and MSPs like us at TechGen are happy to help as well.
More recommendations for organizations, their leaders, and everyone else can be found on the Shields Up page.
CISA also urges organizations to review the Understanding and Mitigating Russian State-Sponsored Cyber Threats to U.S. Critical Infrastructure advisory, which provides an overview of Russian state-sponsored cyber operations and the steps organizations should take to defend themselves against them.
Raise a Shield Against Cyber Threats
For most organizations, especially SMBs with limited or non-existent IT capabilities, implementing CISA’s recommendations can be a daunting task. Fortunately, such organizations don’t have to implement them alone. We at TechGen are here to help you raise a shield against all cyber threats. Get in touch with us today.