What is YOUR business doing to prevent cyber threats during this time?
We ALL need to stay vigilant and ensure our businesses are well-protected from any potential cyber threat that may be a result of the current situation.
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In the last 72 hours alone, the number of incidents being reported of successful cyber attacks on businesses has gone up by about 300%.
What’s happening in Ukraine right now is horrific.
But it’s also a golden opportunity for cybercriminals.
When chaotic situations like this happen, many of us can get sucked into the news and then let down our guards and begin to start clicking on whatever information we can find.
Now, listen, I understand how tempting that is.
But if you’re going to do it, I want you to do it as safely as possible.
So here are some suggestions:
- Do NOT read news outlets or open emails about this conflict, especially on business computers or office networks. If you’re going to do it, use your smartphone and do it over the cellular network.
- If you work for a business, then notify all your employees and colleagues that they need to practice extra diligence. When opening all websites and emails. Cybercriminals are going to take advantage of the emotional state that many people will be in with the goal of getting them to click on some kind of a bad link.
- Talk to your IT people and make sure that internet traffic is blocked from Russia and Ukraine. If they do take over the infrastructure in Ukraine, they’re going to use it to launch attacks on foreign entities.
- Check your backups. Don’t assume that any system is working perfectly. Now is the time to check those systems and be 100% sure they’re working the way they’re supposed to.
This is a scary situation, but we need to be doing everything we can to protect our businesses and our families from the heightened threat of cybercriminal activity during this entire conflict.
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