Have you checked your business’s defences against the threat of Russian cyberattacks?

Olly Denhard
Founder, IT Trouble Free
22 March 2022

We’re confident you take your business’s cyber security seriously, and it is always a high priority.  However, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine means companies may be at an increased risk of cyberattacks.

Although there is no direct threat (currently), Russia has used cyberattacks in the past, and as the West is placing sanctions on Russia, there could be retaliation.


What does this mean for your business?

Advice from the National Cyber Security Centre urges UK businesses to bolster security measures and follow its guidance on the steps to take when cybersecurity risk is heightened.

Businesses of all sizes will be at risk as the aim will be to cause as much disruption as possible. Therefore you can’t afford to ease your usual cyber security measures. If there’s something you’ve been meaning to do, now is the time.


What you should do…

First, make sure you have a working backup in place. If you have, then should you be hit by a cyberattack such as ransomware, you will still be able to access all of your data and documents.

Next, ensure all your applications, systems, and devices are running the latest updates and that any relevant patches are in place.

Also, make sure best practice is being followed regarding password hygiene. Use password managers to ensure your whole team uses unique passwords that are less susceptible to brute force attacks. You should also strongly consider using multi-factor authentication across your applications, adding a higher level of security.

Check your incident response and recovery plan is up-to-date and that everyone is aware of the steps they should take if they suspect a security breach. Your teams need to know how they should report a possible breach and who is responsible for protecting the business.


Train your teams to be vigilant

Consider company-wide cyber security training and include everyone from the most senior employee to the most junior. The training will help make everyone aware of the most common threats and teach them how to spot scams and phishing emails.

Finally, if you’re unsure whether you have the proper protections in place, speak to an expert. They can help put your mind at ease and ensure your business is as protected as possible.

If you have any concerns that your cyber security has lapsed, call us. We can check then help you put in the appropriate measures to help you stay more protected from cyberattacks.


Adapted from an original article on Your Tech Updates (with permission)

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