Valuable Tips for Businesses To Mitigate Cyber Attacks

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) released a strong warning to US businesses to act now and ward off potential cyber attacks from foreign agents. Specifically, Russian state-sponsored cyber actors may gain network access through exploitation of default multifactor authentication (MFA) protocols and a known vulnerability in Windows.

cyberattacksThe business community should be as prepared as they can be, and in the case of a breach attempt, ready and able to respond. Here are recommendations businesses should implement to increase their preparedness against cyber attacks:

  • Mandate the use of multi-factor authentication for all users and ensure it is properly configured to protect against “fail open” and re-enrollment scenarios
  • Update software, prioritizing known exploited vulnerabilities
  • Implement time-out and lock-out features
  • Disable inactive accounts uniformly in active directory, MFA, etc.
  • Monitor network logs continuously for suspicious activity
  • Implement security alerting policies
  • Engage cybersecurity professionals to make sure that your systems are patched and protected against all known vulnerabilities
  • Change passwords across your networks regularly
  • Have emergency plans (and practice them) so you are prepared to respond quickly in the case of an attack.
  • Educate employees on common tactics from attackers whether over email or website use

We encourage businesses of all sizes to have the right tools and systems in place to ward against malicious activity. Now more than ever, having a solution should be seen as a need-to-have, not a nice-to-have.

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