“Shields Up” Warning Amidst Russian Cyber Attacks

The Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), a department of the US Department of Homeland Security has released a “Shields Up” warning in relation to the Russian attacks on Ukraine. The warning notes that there have not been any credible threats to the US, the Russian cyber attacks on the Ukrainian government and critical infrastructure may result in an impact on businesses and organizations beyond the region.

“Every organization—large and small—must be prepared to respond to disruptive cyber activity.”

CISA states that “In the wake of continued denial of service and destructive malware attacks affecting Ukraine and other countries in the region, we are working very closely with our Joint Cyber Defense Collaborative (JCDC) and international computer emergency readiness team (CERT) partners to understand and rapidly share information on these ongoing malicious cyber activities,”

The agency suggests the following:

  • Reduce the likelihood of a damaging cyber intrusion
  • Take steps to quickly detect a potential intrusion
  • Ensure that the organization is prepared to respond if an intrusion occurs
  • Maximize the organization’s resilience to a destructive cyber incident
  • Implement multi-factor authentication on your accounts
  • Update your software. In fact, turn on automatic updates.
  • Think before you click
  • Use strong passwords

By implementing the steps above, all organizations can make near-term progress toward improving cybersecurity and resilience.

Check out the CISA alert to find out more about how you can stay protected: https://www.cisa.gov/shields-up

The Canadian government has also released a warning: Ottawa – Increased Threat of Cyber Attack for Canadian Businesses


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