Harden Your Cyber Defenses Immediately
You may be wondering what the current state of cybersecurity looks like for the US. In 2020, 82% of employees felt satisfied with their company’s approach to cybersecurity. In 2021, that number dropped to 70%. We can only imagine given everything that’s happening on the world stage that the number has drastically decreased in 2022. This past week we heard from President Biden on what steps businesses should be taking to protect their organizations from cyber attacks.
Potential Threat of US Cyber Attack
On March 21, 2022, The White House warned US businesses to “harden cyber defenses immediately”. This was prompted by what President Biden called “evolving intelligence that the Russian government is exploring options for potential cyber attacks”.
This warning comes off the coattails of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency’s (CISA) Shields Up campaign. CISA and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently issued warnings that “every organization in the US is at risk from cyber threats.”
The President’s warning went on to say that the US government can’t defend against the threat of the Russian Government exploring options for a potential US cyber attack alone. “Most of America’s critical infrastructure is owned and operated by the private sector and critical infrastructure owners and operators must accelerate efforts to lock their digital doors.”
What my business can do to stay better protected
The White House came out with a fact sheet that can provide businesses with steps they can take to better protect themselves against potential cyber attacks. We’ve summarized a few of the immediate steps you should take:
- Use of multi-factor authentication
- Deploy modern security tools on your devices
- Check with your cybersecurity professionals to make sure that systems are patched and protected, and passwords aren’t compromised
- Book a cybersecurity consultation with CRI Advantage
- Backup all data
- Have an incident response plan
- If you need help, CRI Advantage can help develop a plan for you
- Encrypt your data so it cannot be used if stolen
- Educate your employees on common scams
- Engage with local FBI or CISA regional office in advance of your cyber incidents
Not sure where to start with your cybersecurity? Book a consultation with CRI Advantage
Safeguarding your business from cyber attacks without an in-house expert can make you doubt your current cybersecurity processes. At CRI Advantage, we provide cyber professionals that will help you identify and resolve threats so you can feel confident in your online security procedures and trust that your data is protected.
Getting started is easy. Simply book a consultation with us, we’ll review your business needs and help you identify potential cyber risks. In the meantime, download our 5 step checklist to minimize your cybersecurity risk.