Cybersecurity leaders urge digital defense awareness, preparation in light of Russia invasion
For the first time since World War II, war has erupted on the European continent. “We need to be prepared for the potential of foreign influence operations to negatively impact various aspects of our critical infrastructure with the ongoing Russia-Ukraine geopolitical tensions,” said Jen Easterly, director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), in a statement about the release of new guidance. In a separate, joint advisory, CISA, the FBI and the National Security Agency (NSA), outlined activities and tactics used by Russian state-sponsored cybercriminals. Over the last several years, “Russian state-sponsored cyber actors have been persistent in targeting U. Speaking to press about sweeping sanctions imposed by the United States on Russia in response to the war, Pres.
In cohort with European and Asian allies, the sanctions represent an unprecedented global move to isolate Russia and inflict financial pain. Biden recognized the sanctions will impact Americans who may feel “pain” with increases such as gas prices. Given the advancements in cyberattacks over the last decade, Josh Brodbent, RVP of BeyondTrust’s public sector solutions engineering, said it’s important for organizations to be agile. To that end, CISA guidance’s highlights that critical infrastructure operators and managers should identify vulnerabilities, educate staff on proper cyber hygiene and, ahead of a cyberattack, implement an incident response plan. Designate an individual to oversee the incident response process and associated crisis communications.
Establish roles and responsibilities for the response, including responding to media inquiries, issuing public statements, communicating with staff and engaging the stakeholder network. Identify and train staff on reporting procedures to social media companies, government and/or law enforcement. Consider internal coordination channels and processes for identifying incidents, delineating information sharing and response.
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