Cybersecurity threats in an uncertain world: How do I protect my company?
Russia’s recent invasion of Ukraine brought bombings, combat in city streets, and displacement of citizens on a massive scale. But there has also been a quiet, modern battle waged alongside the shocking tools and tactics of traditional warfare: Russian cyber-attacks on critical Ukrainian infrastructure.
As the world has watched the devastating impact of the invasion, decision makers in both government and business worldwide have collectively paused to consider: are we prepared for a cyber-attack?
The U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency has issued an urgent warning to American businesses and other organizations to address the possibility for cyber-attacks and how to respond if defenses are breached. In short, CISA urges, “While there are no specific or credible cyber threats to the U.S. homeland at this time, we are mindful of the potential for Russia’s destabilizing actions to impact organizations both within and beyond the region, particularly in the wake of sanctions imposed by the United States and our allies.”
The CISA statement goes on to stress that “every organization—large and small—must be prepared to respond to disruptive cyber activity.”
Global-level cyber threats are largely uncharted territory – but that is unlikely to remain the status quo. Readying for data breaches, hijacking, and other malicious activities are critical tasks for bolstering cybersecurity threats in an uncertain world. This is especially important for businesses that have not taken the time to stay up to date with cyber protection. Even as the world watches cyber security become a tool of 21st century warfare, it’s important to remember that there are ways to prepare – and it’s never too late to implement security measures.
First, honestly ask yourself if you are capable of assessing your organization’s risk across all network elements. If you aren’t sure, it’s critical that you engage a security exert. Having a trusted partner to assess weaknesses and design a cybersecurity solution tailored to your business provides certainty in an uncertain world.