Welcome to another week of The Yada Yada!
With the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine, there has been a sharp rise in cyber-attacks.
And although many of the attacks are between the two countries, there is a real risk of other countries falling victim since the sanctions were put in place.
United States President Joe Biden declared the government has been improving national cyber security defences for some time now. Their focus is on the infrastructure to make sure that water, electricity, and oil pipeline services aren’t at increased risk of attack.
Along with the warning issued by The White House, they have also provided some very good cyber security advice to all businesses.
There are a series of actions that businesses should be taking immediately to protect themselves against cyber-attacks and other data security risks.
Firstly, businesses should look at implementing multi-factor authentication. This is where you generate a login code on another device, to prove it’s really you logging in.
Businesses should check their data backups on a regular basis. Preferably, there should be a copy of data that cannot be changed during a cyber-attack.
All data should be encrypted to ensure its safety, meaning that it would have no value and be unusable if hackers did manage to access it.
Having an emergency plan in place and ready to go will help mitigate any attack quickly and effectively with little damage to your business.
Staff training is also very important in helping employees spot and avoid the common tactics used by cybercriminals. These include phishing attacks where they send an email pretending to be someone else. And spoof login web pages, where they hope you will enter real login details in error.
If you have an IT support partner, speak with them to make sure all of your systems are fully up-to-date and patched as necessary. They can also help you with an audit to monitor your performance and make changes so that you're better prepared in the event of an attack.
If you do not have a current IT provider, reach out to us for a 15 minute meet and greet.
Until next time, keep fit and have fun!
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With the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine there has been a rise in cyber attacks, and yada yada yada, you are at risk, so buckle up and get some processes and training in place to protect yourself!