The escalating tension between Russia and Ukraine has caused CISA to issue a ‘shields up’ warning to U.S. companies. CISA recommends “all organizations—regardless of size—adopt a heightened posture when it comes to cybersecurity and protecting their most critical assets.”

According to the CISA, “Recently observed foreign influence operations abroad demonstrate that foreign governments and actors can quickly employ sophisticated influence techniques to target American audiences with the goal of disrupting U.S. critical infrastructure and undermining U.S. interests.” 

“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 CISA Director Jen Easterly. “We encourage leaders at every organization to take proactive steps to assess their risks from information manipulation and mitigate the impact of potential foreign influence operations.” 

Steps You Should Take to Secure Your Business

  • Ensure all remote access to your network and privileged/administrative accounts are protected with MFA (multi-factor authentication.)
  • Update/Patch all systems and software.  Prioritize patching of known exploited vulnerabilities. 
  • Test backup procedures to ensure rapid restoration if the organization is impacted by ransomware and ensure one backup copy is isolated from network connections.
  • Take steps to quickly detect a potential intrusion. Enable logging to better investigate issues or events and confirm your entire network is protected by fully-updated anti-virus/anti-malware software.
  • Be prepared to respond if an intrusion occurs – review your incident response plan and identify a crisis-response team with main points of contact for a suspected cybersecurity incident.
  • Confirm all ports and protocols that are not essential for business purposes have been disabled.

If you need any assistance with these issues or have any questions about how to improve your cybersecurity posture, contact ACE IT Solutions at 646.558.5575 or info@aceits.net.

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