We have seen a sharp rise in cyber-attacks since the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
While many of the attacks are between these two countries, other countries could fall victim to Russian cyber-attacks, thanks to the sanctions placed upon it.
US president, Joe Biden, has declared that the government had been improving the national cyber security defences for some time now.
Their main focus has been on the infrastructure to make sure that water, electricity and oil pipeline services are not at an increased risk of attack.
There has also been some very sensible cyber security advice that has been issued. Businesses should be making a series of actions immediately to protect themselves against cyber-attacks, and other data security risks.
The series of actions that businesses should be taking immediately to protect themselves against cyber tasks and other data security risks include:
Implement multi-factor authentication – this is where you generate a login code on another device, to prove it’s really you logging in.
Checking data backups on a regular basis. Ideally, there should be a copy of data that cannot be changed during a cyber-attack.
Encrypt all data – this means that it would have no value and be unusable if anyone did manage to access it.
Have an emergency plan ready to go that will help mitigate any attack quickly and effectively.
Staff training – this is to help them spot and avoid the common tactics used by cyber criminals. This includes phishing attacks and spoof login websites.
If you already have an IT support partner, speak with them to ensure that all of your systems are fully up-to-date and patched as necessary.
They can also help you to audit how well you are performing with the items above, and develop a plan to help you respond to an attack or an attempted attack.
If you don’t have an IT support partner – or you feel your current one isn’t able to help you with your data security, we can help. Just book your 15 minute initial consultation below.