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Potential Russia/Ukraine Conflict Raises Global Cybersecurity Concerns

March 23, 2022

Potential Russia/Ukraine Conflict Raises Global Cybersecurity Concerns
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Posted to the Tokio Marine HCC CyberNET® site on February 15, 2022, 13:12:26; Erich Falke

The escalating tension between Russia and Ukraine has caused the Cyber Security & Infrastructure Agency (CISA) to issue a ‘shields up’ warning to U.S. companies.

CISA recommends “all organizations—regardless of size—adopt a heightened posture when it comes to cybersecurity and protecting their most critical assets” because “the Russian government has used cyber as a key component of their force projection over the last decade.” For example, Microsoft Threat Intelligence Center (MSTIC) has identified evidence of a destructive malware operation targeting many Ukrainian organizations. There are numerous other examples of cyber warfare against Ukraine. 

Here's what you need to do.

  • Ensure all remote access to your network and privileged/administrative accounts are protected with multi-factor authentication.
  • Update/Patch all systems and software (especially Microsoft Exchange)! Prioritize patching of known exploited vulnerabilities.
  • Test backup procedures to ensure rapid restoration if the organization is impacted by ransomware and ensure one backup copy is isolated from network connections.
  • Take steps to quickly detect a potential intrusion. Enable logging to better investigate issues or events and confirm your entire network is protected by fully-updated anti-virus/anti-malware software.
  • If working with Ukrainian organizations, monitor, inspect, and isolate traffic from those organizations; closely review access controls for that traffic.
  • Be prepared to respond if an intrusion occurs – review your incident response plan and identify a crisis-response team with main points of contact for a suspected cybersecurity incident.
  • Confirm all ports and protocols that are not essential for business purposes have been disabled.

Read on for more information on Russian state-sponsored malicious cyber activity.

If you need any assistance with these issues or have any questions about how to improve your cybersecurity posture, please feel free to contact a cybersecurity expert at ePlace Solutions, Inc., provider of the TMHCC CyberNET® site, at or 877.574.6406.

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