American President Biden recently warned of Russian cyberattacks against Western government institutions and companies. In Europe, too, the concern is growing.Are you prepared?
The war in Ukraine has confronted Russia with tough international economic sanctions. In retaliation, a salvo of cyber-attacks is expected.
This expectation is not out of the blue because Russian security services have been organising cyber attacks against governments, institutions and companies of other countries for years.
Cyber attacks spread to Europe
In Great Britain, the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has already called for a fundamental strengthening of the defense against cyberattacks. The American Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) warn of the risk that cyberattacks could spread to European and therefore Belgian networks. So it is best to take extra measures.
The Belgian Cybersecurity Center (CCB) states that the Russian cyberwar is currently focused on Ukraine, but that a cyberattack that can be felt in Belgium can certainly not be ruled out. This has happened before, for example in 2017 with the 'NotPetya' ransomware attack. It started with a Ukrainian government department, but eventually affected a number of multinationals and also well-known Belgian companies.
Three points in your line of defence
- When a cyberattack brings your IT down, your business is at risk. So first, take a look at your business continuity: do you have a plan in place that secures access to your information?
- Are you unable to guarantee permanent monitoring and adequate security yourself? Then consider calling in a Managed Security Service Provider. They can block possible cyberattacks and solve any security problems.
- It is equally important to remind your employees of the importance of safe IT use. After all, the end user is usually the weakest link in your security. Phishing is the way in which hackers often succeed in infiltrating company networks. To train your team and keep them constantly on the alert, you can turn to Managed Security Awareness services.