Russian Cyber-Attack Threat: How to Protect your Business

Apr 8, 2022

With the current ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine, we have seen a steep rise in cyber-attacks.

And while many of the attacks are between these two countries, there is very real potential for other countries to fall victim to cyber-attacks by Russia, thanks to the sanctions placed upon it. That means that your business could be affected too. But not to worry, there are actions being taken to prevent this and you can take certain actions to keep your data safe.

President Joe Biden recently stated that the government has been improving national cyber security defenses for some time now.

Right now, they’re focusing on the infrastructure to make sure that water, electricity, and oil pipeline services aren’t at increased risk of attack. These are just the major issues, but it’s always good to be prepared to be on the defense for our data against cyber-attacks.

Now more than ever, many businesses are taking action against these cyber-attacks by implementing different tactics that will protect their businesses against data security risks:

  • Businesses have started implementing a multi-factor authentication login: this is where you generate a login code on another device, to prove it’s really you logging in.

  • Data backups being checked on a regular basis: ideally there should be a copy of data that cannot be changed during a cyber-attack.

  • All data should also be encrypted: this means it would have no value and be completely unusable if anyone ever did manage to access it.

  • Emergency plan: it’s also a good idea to have an emergency plan ready to go that will help mitigate any attack quickly and effectively.

Some other helpful measures to take against cyber-threats include:

  • Businesses are giving their staff additional training to help them not only spot, but avoid the common tactics used by cyber criminals. One major one includes phishing attacks, which is where s cyber-attacker sends an email pretending to be someone else. Fake login web pages are another one, this is where the cyber-attacker hopes you will enter your real login details and therefore gain access to your data.

  • Taking to IT support partners. If you have one already, speak with them to make sure all of your systems are fully up-to-date and equipped.

IT support partners can also help you to audit how well your company is currently performing with the items above, and get a plan in place to help you respond to an attack or 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. Contact us.

Published with permission from Your Tech Updates.

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